Ex-Ethics Czar Requests Probe Of Rep. Jordan's Abuse Ignorance Claims

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So far we are unaware of any wrestlers on these teams which Jordan coached, who have come out in defense of the congressman.

They waited over 20 years to make these allegations with the willing and very expensive assistance of Perkins Coie, a Washington, DC-based dirty tricks law firm.

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.

Eisen already has dubbed the case Wrestlegate.

Six former Ohio State University wrestling coaches released a statement on Monday in support of Rep.

Washington, District of Columbia, U.S. - UNITED District of ColumbiaS - JUNE 26: Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, talks with reporters after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol on June 26, 2018. "We would have dealt with it if we'd have known about anything that happened", Jordan said. The well-being of student-athletes was all of our concern. "If we had heard of any abuse, we would have spoken up".

He ended the statement by reaffirming his support for Jordan.

Instead, Jordan continued to fan conspiracy theories connecting the emergence of the charges to his aggressive questioning last month of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, the man many Trump supporters hold responsible for the Russian Federation investigation.

No one has publicly defended Strauss since the investigation began, and relatives haven't responded to messages left by the AP.

"Perkins Coie boasts a client roster that includes the DNC, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and several Democrat Members of Congress", he said in the statement.

Conservative Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz also defended Jordan, saying the allegations were a "deliberate attempt to knock the best oversight member of Congress off his game" ahead of Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok's testimony before the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees this week.

More recently, Jordan has accused DiSabato of "bullying" him by sending emails to him about the alleged abuses at OSU.

Two other wrestlers have also told NBC and the Wall Street Journal respectively that Jordan knew of the alleged abuse.

"It was there. He knew about it because it was an everyday occurrence", Range told the Post.

One former Ohio State University wrestler told CNN that he and other wrestlers openly gripe about how Strauss would shower with the athletes, and how Strauss would always "check for hernias" during any visit, checking their genitals even if they had an appointment for an ankle sprain or other injury. He said he could not explain why other more friendly wrestlers had leveled similar charges. Jordan has denied this as well.

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. "No, everybody didn't know".

Strauss is accused of inappropriately touching players during exams and for "ogling" players in the showers. "If Jimmy says he didn't know, I believe him", Alf said. "If in fact there are victims, they deserve justice".

Andy Geiger, whose tenure overlapped Jordan's by only a year in the mid-1990s, told the Post he worked with Hellickson to move the wrestlers out of Larkins Hall because of widespread complaints about voyeurism in the showers. Range was on the OSU wrestling team in the 1980s. "He would do anything to protect us".

In interviews with The Associated Press in recent weeks, seven former athletes and a former nursing student shared detailed allegations of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1970s against the doctor, who killed himself in 2005 at age 67 and is only now under investigation.

His family was shocked to learn of the allegations from news reports and is cooperating with the school's independent investigation, according to a family statement over the weekend.

"There's no way unless he's got dementia or something that he's got no recollection of what was going on", Coleman said.

"Mike DiSabato has a vendetta against Ohio State".