Jordan insists he didn't know about alleged OSU sex abuse

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Jim Jordan appeared on Fox News on Friday night to answer mounting accusations that as a wrestling coach at Ohio State he knew about sexual abuse and didn't do anything about it.

"I don't believe them at all".

"I had not heard about any type of abuse at all", Jordan said in the interview, adding that "no one reported any type of abuse" to him.

Jordan - a conservative House Freedom Caucus cofounder from Champaign County whose name has been mentioned as a possible successor to House Speaker Paul Ryan - met with reporters after a Fourth of July appearance in Fremont to deny the claims first reported by NBC. Jordan was assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State when Strauss was the team doctor.

An aide for Jordan told the Journal that former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato, who has led the effort to expose Strauss' sexual abuse and who brought up Jordan as having knowledge, has sent Jordan threatening texts and emails over the situation.

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President Donald Trump said on Thursday, "I believe Jim 100 percent".

Lawyers in the investigation had previously tried to schedule an interview with Jordan, Porter Wright partner Kathleen Trafford said Tuesday.

Jordan told Politico he "would have done something about it" had he known of the abuse.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) questions FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during a House Judiciary Committee hearing entitled "Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 28, 2018. "We knew of no abuse". We're happy to talk with the folks doing the investigation.

"This is false", Jordan said.

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Dunyasha Yetts, the captain of the wrestling team for the 1993-1994 season, who was named in the NBC story, also implicated the congressman.

The former wrestler claims that Jordan told him to "please leave me out of it" when he told the congressman he planned to go public with the accusations earlier this year.

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

"Dr Strauss was one of those that took a lot of showers and soaped himself a lot", DiSabato said. But those NBC News spoke with say that just isn't so. Yetts said he reported what happened to Hellickson and Jordan. "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".

Dailey's accusations come after other university wrestlers said Jordan knew about Strauss, who died in 2005, and did not act.

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The university said its investigation includes "outreach to former student-athletes, coaches and others who may have been affected or may have had knowledge of these alleged incidents".