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NKY Congressman Says He Supports Ohio Rep. Amid Allegations

10 July 2018

Seven wrestlers from the era accused Jordan of knowing about the alleged abuse. Should they find in the affirmative, the complaint seeks an investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

But like the man Jordan doggedly supports, President Donald Trump, the Ohio Republican has the kind of stalwart supporters who do not lose faith easily, and they are already defending the conservative powerhouse, saying he is the victim of the same "deep state" conspirators.


"It's false. I never saw, never heard of, never was told about any type of abuse", Jordan said.

Ryan hasn't called on Jordan to resign or step aside, saying instead that he is awaiting an investigation from the Ohio State University before he comments on Jordan's future.

It wasn't immediately clear whether they, like Jordan, plan to talk with the independent investigators from Seattle-based Perkins Coie who are reviewing the allegations against the now-dead doctor and what, if anything, the university knew about the allegations.

When Fox News' Bret Baier asked Jordan about the claims that he was aware of the abuse from conversations in the locker room, Jordan responded: "Conversations in a locker room are a lot different than allegations of abuse". Jordan has emerged as one of the president's staunchest defenders, helping to lead a Republican counterinvestigation of Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials who are looking into potential connections between the Trump campaign and Russian election interference.

Jordan is a co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and is considered a candidate to replace retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan. The wrestlers say Strauss' behavior was a regular topic of locker room conversations that Jordan participated in.

Yetts said he and his teammates talked to Jordan numerous times about their interactions with the doctor. "My heart goes out to anyone who was abused in any way", he said. "I have nothing but respect for this man, but he knew as far as I'm concerned".

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"That part is the part that stirs me", he said, adding that he understood Jordan's initial denial, but, "he could have retracted what he said".

"I'm devastated by what I've heard". "But Jim Jordan is a tremendous human being who has always lived his life beyond reproach".

The group, which included former head coach Russ Hellickson and five former assistant coaches, said that "what has been said about Jim Jordan is absolutely wrong".

Jordan has adamantly denied any knowledge of the misconduct on multiple occasions.

"I don't think that we look at this kind of thing with the same lens as sex abuse today ... at least not to that degree". "There's no question in my mind". Doc Strauss [team physician Richard Strauss] was definitely a weird character. "But he never overstepped boundaries in my experience".

Skove's brother Andrew Skove wrestled during the time Jordan was a coach and said he stands "100 percent" in support of Jordan.

Range told the Washington Post that he never discussed the alleged abuse directly with Jim Jordan.

In the midst of the accusations, there have been some players that defended the former coach and current congressman.

NKY Congressman Says He Supports Ohio Rep. Amid Allegations