Trump Backs Rep. Jordan's Denial of Abuse Knowledge

Ohio lawmaker accused of ignoring abuse of Ohio State student-athletes

Guest host Leland Vittert, filling in for America's Newsroom anchor Bill Hemmer, was speaking with a panel of media guests during a segment of the show's second hour about recent allegations against Jordan by former Ohio State wrestlers who claim he was dismissive of sex abuse claims involving former team doctor Richard Strauss in the 1990s.

CNN says male members from 14 of the university's sports teams-among them baseball, fencing, football, swimming, and track-have levied allegations against Strauss per Ohio State.

Politico reported shortly before Jordan's appearance Friday night that six of the former wrestlers had spoken to the publication about the alleged abuse.

Mike DiSabato, another player who spoke with NBC News, got detailed in an interview with CNN: "I never saw Doc Strauss. where he didn't ask me to-where I went to see him for medicine or whatever, finger injury, shoulder, knee-where he did not want to examine my testicles".

Jordan's denial conflicts with descriptions that the alleged abuse was rampant and well known in OSU wrestling circles.

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Rep Jordan's spokesman said Thursday the Republican is working with investigators to set up a meeting.

A spokesman for Mr. Jordan, a founder of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus who represents a solidly Republican district in OH, said the congressman was unaware of any abuse.

Baier pushed Jordan about other accusers such as national champion and UFC champion Mark Coleman who said he's a big fan of Jordan but that the congressman has not been truthful. DiSabato began emailing Jordan in April, and on Wednesday, Jordan reported the emails to the U.S. Capitol Police, describing the latest as "the last straw" to Fox News. "The things he said are just not true". Both messages - dated May 6 and June 15 and bearing the subject line "WINTER IS HERE" - appear to be directed to Ohio State football legend Archie Griffin and former NCAA official Oliver Luck, the father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

Another former wrestler, Dunyasha Yetts, told NBC that he and other students reported Strauss's alleged behavior to Jordan. The doctor died in 2005.

Jordan said that DeSabato had a "a criminal record".

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Jordan is a six-term lawmaker and considering running for House Speaker after Paul Ryan retires at the end of this year, reports The Dispatch. "We all did", Dailey, 43, told NBC News.

The university has urged anyone with relevant information about Strauss to contact the law firm Perkins Coie, which is conducting an independent investigation.

Yetts, an operations manager for a gas drilling company, said Tuesday he has paid his debt for past mistakes.

"But to say that he had no knowledge of it, I would say that's kind of hurtful", Dailey said.

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