Jordan Denies Allegations, Says Accuser Is 'Bullying' Him

Pauline Gross
July 6, 2018

"I don't know why he would, unless it's a cover-up", Yetts said.

"I considered Jim Jordan a friend", Mike DiSabato, a former wrestler who said he was abused by Strauss, told NBC.

Jordan, speaking to reporters at a July Fourth rally in Fremont, repeatedly denied claims by ex-wrestlers Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha Yetts, who say the powerful Republican congressman from OH knew back then that Richard Strauss was groping male athletes.

Jordan, a prominent Republican from OH, was an assistant coach at OSU from 1986-94.

"Congressman Jordan never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State", Ian Fury, a spokesperson for Jordan, told Fox News earlier this week.

Shawn Dailey is the fourth wrestler to come out against Jordan to NBC News, claiming he spoke with Jordan frequently about Strauss's inappropriate behavior.

The conservative firebrand, who has repeatedly denied that he ever knew about the alleged abuse, told reporters Wednesday he was asking the Capitol Police to look into what he called "strange" harassing emails his office received from DiSabato as recently as 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Speaking at a tea party rally in Fremont, Ohio, on Wednesday Jordan said allegations made first by former wrestler Mike DiSabato to NBC News were false. He said in an interview on Tuesday that he had confided in Mr. Jordan multiple times about "the way Strauss performed physicals on us".

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A partner with Porter Wright Morris & Arthur said the investigative team had in fact contacted Jordan about an interview by email and phone.

Mr. DiSabato said the abuse perpetrated by the convicted former Olympics gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar had prompted him to alert Ohio State about Dr. Strauss in late March.

Jordan, a close ally of the President's, has emphatically denied having any knowledge at the time that the university's sports doctor was molesting the wrestlers.

Detailing what happened him when he was just 14 and was attended to by Dr. Strauss who visited his high school's wrestling program, DiSabato mentioned the facilities at the university that caused athletes to have to shower with coaches and the doctor. Strauss died in 2005, and it was ruled a suicide.

Kathleen Trafford is an attorney with the Porter Wright law firm.

"For God's sake, Strauss's locker was right next to Jordan's and Jordan even said he'd kill him if he tried anything with him", one wrestler said.

Jordan continues to contend that he was unaware of the matter and that had he been aware, he would have addressed it, according to his Tuesday interview with Politico.

Fury said the office can't find a record of those requests but remains willing to assist investigators. He was one of the founders of the House Freedom Caucus, which is basically made up of the Tea Party members and he has been the biggest mouthpiece attacking Special Prosecutor Robert Muller, going after Peter Struck, the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who was having an affair with another Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and they sent a couple text messages to one another.

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