Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Trump defends Jim Jordan amid allegations of sex abuse on wrestling team

Trump defends Jim Jordan amid allegations of sex abuse on wrestling team

Former wrestlers he coached are now accusing him of ignoring and failing to stop the team doctor, Dr. Richard Strauss, from molesting them and other students, NBC News first reported on Tuesday.

"I don't believe them at all", Trump said to the press pool on the plane.

Jordan denies all accusations, claiming he "never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State", according to a statement from his spokesperson per The Dispatch. "No question in my mind", Trump said.

"Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I've met since I've been in Washington". "He's an outstanding man", Trump added.

Dailey corroborated the account of one of those wrestlers, Dunyasha Yetts, who told NBC News that Yetts had protested to Jordan and head coach Russ Hellickson after Strauss tried to pull down his wrestling shorts when Yetts went to see him for a thumb injury.

"I never knew of any abuse from Dr. Strauss, plain and simple".

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The email refers to Jordan as "Reverend James - the "squeaky clean" US Congressman from Urbana, who does not recall systemic sex abuse and has never heard agent orange tell a lie and wants to be speaker of the house despite his apparent lack of knowledge of the systemic sex abuse...."

Jordan told Politico on Tuesday that he would have taken action if he had known about Strauss' alleged misconduct, but maintained that he was fully unaware even as former athletes say it was an open secret within the athletic department. Shine was cited in at least four lawsuits alleging sexual harassment or racial discrimination and was largely considered unhirable after his unceremonious exit from Fox News. In Congress, that means an Ethics Committee investigation. Jordan was Yetts' weight-class coach at the time, and the two spoke frequently about Strauss, he said. Dailey told NBC that Jordan participated in discussions in which the subject of Strauss' behavior came up. "If we had, we would have reported it", Jordan told reporters on Wednesday.

"I believe Jim Jordan 100 percent".

Rep. Jim Jordan arrives for the House Republicans' caucus meeting in the Capitol on immigration reforms, June 7, 2018. "It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your trousers down". Messrs. Coleman and Jordan roomed together on several wrestling trips, Mr. Coleman said.

Jordan's spokesman said he would assist investigators in any way he could.

"The investigative team is continuing its efforts to schedule an interview with Rep. Jordan, as well as other individuals with potential knowledge relating to the allegations", Trafford said.

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