Trump Backs Rep. Jordan's Denial of Abuse Knowledge

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He also said that "no one reported any type of abuse" to him.

Jordan is the powerful Republican founder of the House Freedom Caucus and dark horse candidate for speaker. Strauss died in 2005. DiSabato, 50, said he was moved to tell Ohio State of Strauss' actions after hearing accounts previous year of gymnasts sexually abused by sports doctor Larry Nassar. "That's not how he became a champion, so the idea that Jim would know of abuse of his wrestlers and do nothing is utterly absurd".

Jordan denies knowing anything about the abuse, telling reporters in OH earlier this week, "We knew of no abuse, never heard of abuse". "If we had, we'd have reported it".

The NBC report said former wrestler Mike DiSabato told the network that before going to the university with the molestation charges, he reached out to Jordan, who told him to "Please leave me out of it". An investigative legal team looking into the allegations against Strauss previously contacted Jordan's office by phone and email requesting he participate in an interview, but Jordan did not respond, said Kathleen Trafford of Porter Wright in Columbus.

DiSabato subsequently told CNN it was "laughable" that Jordan would feel threatened by his emails, describing Jordan as a "world caliber athlete, who is very aggressive in his actions" and a "bulldog". "I believe Jim Jordan 100 percent".

As for DiSabato's claims, Jordan says, "Mike was a friend, but something's changed".

Dailey corroborated the account of one of those wrestlers, Dunyasha Yetts, who told NBC News that Yetts had protested to Jordan and head coach Russ Hellickson after Strauss tried to pull down his wrestling shorts when Yetts went to see him for a thumb injury. A former wrestler was on CNN on Wednesday and said Jordan witnessed inappropriate behavior by Strauss in the team showers. Yetts was accused of bilking investors out of $1.8 million as part of an investment scheme he ran from 1998 to 2001.

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Earlier this week, Jordan's office denied knowing about any allegations against Strauss.

Some have also questioned DiSabato's motives, given he reportedly filed a lawsuit against Ohio State University over a separate issue in the past.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that Jordan's

"I don't believe them at all".

"Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I've met since I've been in Washington".

"I don't believe them at all", Trump told reporters, referring to the wrestlers who have come forward.

"I love Jimmy to death", the ex-wrestler said. "We all did", Dailey told NBC. "We all did. 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". For any teacher, protecting kids is the absolute first priority-and I say that as a former kindergarten teacher. They say U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican who has expressed interest in running for House speaker, knew at the time that the doctor was groping male wrestlers.

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