Watchdog calls for GOP congressman investigation following accusations he ignored abuse

Matt Gaetz says questions about Jim Jordan are 'deliberate' attempt to hurt probe of FBI conduct

The powerful conservative deal maker from OH who has been accused of negligence by students he coached more than two decades ago says "it's not true" that he was aware that wrestlers were being molested and turned a blind eye. "And for - I know what - I know they know what they're saying is not accurate". If I did, I would have done something about it, ' he told Politico on Tuesday.

Jordan, who is now an OH congressman, has denied knowing about allegations of sexual abuse and has said he will cooperate with investigators.

But his denials have been met with skepticism and anger from two former members of the team, NBC News reported. They say DiSabato has a long-running beef with Ohio State University over the loss of his right to license merchandise and say he is pulling Jordan into the scandal in order to publicize the scandal to the detriment of Ohio State.

Jordan, 54, meanwhile, is also expected to campaign for House Speaker as the Freedom Caucus-backed alternative to more moderate GOP leaders.

Rep. Louie Gohmert on Monday defended his Republican colleague, Jim Jordan of OH, arguing the former wrestlers who say Jordan knew about abuse allegations and did nothing about it were adults when the alleged abuse happened to them and that the accusers have not said that they specifically reported abuse to Jordan at the time.

DiSabato said he never spoke up about Strauss while he was at the university because he didn't recognize it as abuse and because he didn't want to jeopardize his wrestling career.

But other wrestlers reached by The Dispatch disputed the idea that Jordan knew, or said while there was open joking about Strauss' behavior, that jokes do not equal reports of abuse.

Fury said, 'He has not been contacted by investigators about the matter but will assist them in any way they ask, because if what is alleged is true, the victims deserve a full investigation and justice'.

Garrett said Strauss had him stand nearby during one exam as Strauss fondled a patient to orgasm. "This is a deliberate attempt to knock the best oversight member of Congress off his game the week [Peter] Strzok is scheduled to testify", he continued. Jordan also accused a couple of the former players making the allegations as having a "vendetta" against him and the school in a bid to discredit them.

Six other former OSU wrestlers, including Mike Di Sabato and Mark Coleman, have made similar claims.

They claim it would have been impossible for Jordan to be unaware.

When asked whether the athletes might have described conduct that might not have been considered abuse at the time, but would be now, Jordan said no.

Strauss joined Ohio State in 1978 and was on the faculty and medical staff.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-1) came to the defense of Jordan as well, "How is Jim Jordan supposed to prove that he didn't know something 28 years ago?" 'But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn't know what was going on'.

Something about the accusation does not add up, says radio talk show host Sandy Rios, who has defended Jordan on her American Family Radio morning show. First, trying to finally have a successful lawsuit against Ohio State University after failed previous claims.

"Then I just pulled up my trousers, and I can't believe this just happened", Garrett said. What bothers me the most is the? guys saying these things, I know they know the truth.

"I remember I had a thumb injury and went into Strauss" office and he started pulling down my wrestling shorts, ' he told the news network.

"The group behind bringing this investigation against Jim Jordan is none other than Perkins Coie, which is the law firm that represents Mrs. Clinton, the law firm that represented the DNC", Rios tells OneNewsNow.

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