Rep. Jordan Says 'False Attacks' in Ohio St. Abuse Probe Are Due to His Support of Trump
Without disclosing details of his meeting with investigators, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (R) defended his position Thursday that he did not know of any sexual abuse by a team doctor when he was an Ohio State University wrestling coach.
Speaking on "America's Newsroom," Jordan told Bill Hemmer that wrestlers and coaches alike have expressed the same stance.
"The reason they have all said that is because it's the truth," Jordan said.
Jordan worked as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1987 until 1995, and was accused by several wrestlers of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse by the doctor.
Earlier this month on "Special Report," Jordan flatly denied the claim, saying that "it's false" and that if it were true, the situation would have been dealt with.
On Thursday, Jordan stated that no abuse had ever been reported to him.
"I knew of no abuse. Never heard of it," he said. "Never had any reported to me. If I had, I'd have dealt with it."
Jordan believes the "sequenced and choreographed" allegations are happening now because there may be people in Congress who do not like him.
.@Jim_Jordan: "I knew of no abuse. Never heard of it. Never had any reported to me. If I had I'd have dealt w/ it. Every single coach has said the same thing I have. All kinds of wrestlers have said the same thing I have & the reason they have all said that is bc it's the truth." pic.twitter.com/DA6pHookYu
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 19, 2018
Jordan is seen as a contender to be the next Speaker of the House when current House Speaker Paul Ryan retires in January.
He said he believes the "false attacks" against him are due, in part, to his support of President Trump.
"I guess I'd like to think that you see the left coming after me and lies being told is because we're being effective in doing what we told the American people we're doing."
Watch the segment above.