Rep. Jordan Hints at Fallback Defense in Fox Interview

Jim Jordan R-Ohio on Capitol Hill

Jim Jordan R-Ohio on Capitol Hill

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has been accused by a fifth former Ohio State wrestler of knowing about sexual abuse by a team doctor while he was an assistant wrestling coach.

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.

A law firm representing Ohio State University says an investigative team unsuccessfully sought an interview with an Ohio congressman about sex abuse allegations at the university two decades ago.

"I told him one time, I said, 'Doctor you're much too hands on, ' and he just said, 'Oh, I'm being thorough, ' " Hellickson said.

A team doctor who allegedly molested athletes; coaches who reportedly knew but turned a blind eye.

"It's absolutely untrue the things that have been said about me if there had been any reports of abuse I would have reported it", Jordan told reporters Thursday. The source added that the messages were vaguely threatening in nature in part because of the amount of emails sent, and that Jordan did not respond to the emails because he felt the man was "bullying him"'. "No question in my mind", Trump said.

Jordan, a former collegiate wrestling star, was an Ohio State assistant wrestling coach from 1986 to 1994. He said that Mr. Jordan asked him not to get him involved.

"I considered Jim Jordan a friend", DiSabato said.

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Jordan has vehemently denied any knowledge of the alleged abuse.

Jordan, a powerful Republican congressman from OH who is a member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, was the assistant wrestling coach at the university from 1986 to 1994. He said in an interview on Tuesday that he had confided in Mr. Jordan multiple times about "the way Strauss performed physicals on us".

The former wrestler claims that Jordan told him to "please leave me out of it" when he told the congressman he planned to go public with the accusations earlier this year.

More immediately, Mr. Jordan has stepped forward as one of President Trump's most visible, aggressive and undaunted defenders in the House, helping lead a Republican counterinvestigation of those F.B.I. and Justice Department officials who are investigating potential connections between the Trump campaign and Russian election interference efforts.

CNN confronted Jordan himself on this Fourth of July.

A source in Jordan's office, who described the emails as " freaky, seemingly unhinged", told ABC News the lawmaker received the emails on his personal account and they were turned over by his staff to Capitol Police for their expert assessment.

"I participated with [Jordan] and the other wrestlers in locker-room talk about Strauss. We all did", Dailey, 43, told NBC News.

Dailey said it was "hurtful" Jordan is denying any knowledge of the alleged abuse.

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