Trump defends Jim Jordan amid allegations of sex abuse on wrestling team

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Dailey told NBC that he's a Republican and donated to Jordan's first congressional campaign in 1994. I've talked to other coaches, and they didn't know of any abuse. NBC reported on Tuesday that three former OSU wrestlers described the alleged abuse by Strauss as common knowledge and that he assaulted as many as 2,000 student athletes from 1978-98.

The president praised Jordan ― a Trump ally and co-founder of the powerful, conservative House Freedom Caucus ― calling him "an outstanding man". He's taken leading roles in fighting the Affordable Care Act and in pushing back against the government's Russian Federation investigation, most recently interrogating Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in committee. Athletes from 14 sports have reported sexual misconduct by Strauss to the university. The doctor died in 2005.

DiSabato told CNN that Strauss would go out of his way to take multiple showers with athletes every day in different venues around Ohio State.

It's also worth noting that the two ex-wrestlers are represented by the law firm of Perkins, Coie.

Perkins Coie also is reviewing whether Strauss examined high school students. Jordan's rep countered this, demanding "that they send us the supposed communication" and noting Jordan remains "willing to assist". "All I know is, it's not true".

Beginning in 2007, Yetts served 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to federal mail fraud charges.

Yetts, for example, spent time in prison for bilking investors out of almost $2 million.

Dailey told NBC that he didn't directly report Strauss' groping to anyone but that Jordan participated in conversations regarding Strauss' conduct when treating wrestlers for their injuries.

"DiSabato has a vendetta against Ohio State", the congressman replied, referring to the former wrestler's long-running dispute with the university.

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".

Doug Andres says the university has "rightfully initiated a full investigation into the matter" and the speaker will "await the findings of that inquiry".

Jordan has denied the allegations and said if he knew about abuse, he would have reported it.

"The investigative team is continuing its efforts to schedule an interview with Rep. Jordan, as well as other individuals with potential knowledge relating to the allegations", Trafford said.

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

Jordan, who served in the OH state legislature, was elected to the House in 2006 and has played a role in virtually every debate pitting conservative insurgents against House GOP leaders.

Doug Andres, a spokesman for Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, said: "These are serious allegations and issues".