"I don't believe them at all". Jordan, a two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion, denies them.
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. "No question in my mind", Trump said. I believe Jim Jordan 100%. "He's an outstanding man".
Jordan's denial conflicts with descriptions that the alleged abuse was rampant and well known in OSU wrestling circles.
"Jim knew this - there's no ifs, ands or buts", Michael DiSabato, one of the former wrestlers named in the NBC account, said Tuesday in an interview. "So, when you look at the definition of sexual abuse and sexual assault - and Jim Jordan just went on record saying he knew about the facilities - he took showers with us".
Since then, male Ohio State athletes from 14 sports have alleged sexual misconduct by Strauss, who was on the faculty and medical staff and published a variety of research. 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.
Jordan's star has risen rapidly in the Republican Party in recent years due to his role in the very conservative House Freedom Caucus.
Another accuser and former wrestler at Ohio State University, Dunyasha Yetts, told NBC News that he and other teammates told Jordan about Strauss multiple times.
According to a source within Jordan's office, the congressman planned to contact police over repeated emails from DiSabato, which he reportedly said constitute "bullying". While Dailey said he did not directly report the abuse to Jordan, he said Strauss' abuse was mentioned several times in locker room conversations that Jordan was involved in. Concerned in mid-April that Ohio State might ignore the accusations, he said he emailed Mr. Jordan asking for help, but heard nothing back.
"I participated with Jimmy and the other wrestlers in locker-room talk about Strauss".
"What happened drove me out of the sport", the former athlete, John Dailey, told NBC News. "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".
Jordan attended a July 4 Tea Party rally Wednesday in Fremont, Ohio where he confronted the accusations and continued to deny that he was aware of the alleged abuse in Columbus. "Jim Jordan has an obligation to cooperate fully with that investigation". "I believe [Jordan]", Trump said.