Ethics review sought as ex-coaches at Ohio St. defend Jordan

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Jordan, an influential House conservative, has repeatedly denied that he saw, knew about or heard about alleged misconduct affecting the wrestling team in those years.

Strzok has become a focus of House Republicans after special counsel Robert Mueller removed him from the Russian Federation probe over questions of anti-Trump texts.

He disparaged some of the former college wrestlers who have come forward to say he knew of allegations that the team doctor, Richard H. Strauss, had fondled them.

"That part is the part that stirs me", he said, adding that he understood Jordan's initial denial, but, "he could have retracted what he said".

"Conversations in a locker room are a lot different than allegations of abuse, or reported abuse to us", he said in an interview Friday with Fox News.

It's not especially surprising that the president, who once bragged on camera about committing sexual assault, would question the testimonies of sexual abuse victims, but the intensity of Jordan's defenders only serves to highlight how tepid Jordan's response has been. Jordan has previously claimed he's being "bullied" by DiSabato.

The eight men, including three who didn't want their names made public, say they want to see anyone who ignored concerns about Strauss held accountable and hope to make sure something similar doesn't happen to others.

'I considered Jim Jordan a friend, ' DiSabato told NBC News. Ryan is not seeking reelection and Jordan is popular with conservative groups.

"I think the timing is suspect when you think about how this whole story came together after the Rosenstein hearing and the speaker's race", he said.

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"What has been said about Jim Jordan is absolutely wrong", the six coaches said in the statement.

"In these circumstances", Eisen and Wertheimer wrote in their letter, "if Rep. Jordan's recent statements-that he had no knowledge that student wrestlers under his supervision were being sexually abused-are false, his present conduct in connection with this serious matter would fail to 'reflect creditably on the House, ' in violation of clause 1 of Rule XXIII of the House Rules". And while the federal government issued guidance in 2001 that required "responsible adults" to report abuse, that guidance did not exist from 1986 to 1994, when Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State - though state law at the time required any suspicion of abuse to a person under 18 be reported. "I believe him 100 percent, no question in my mind", Trump told reporters on Friday.

"Jim Jordan goes against the powerful interests at the Federal Bureau of Investigation & deep state to expose them & hold them accountable for their crimes", tweeted Mike Tokes, a founder of The New Right, a conservative political organization.

"I support Jim Jordan", Massie tweeted on Sunday.

Holman said he hasn't been interviewed, and he wouldn't address whether he'll speak with investigators.

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

"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.

DiSabato has been involved in more than one lawsuit against Ohio State. "The speaker will await the findings of that inquiry".

"I know they know what they're saying is not accurate", Jordan said.