Jim Jordan: Latest allegation of ignoring sexual misconduct is 'ridiculous'

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTop conservatives pen letter to Trump with concerns on fourth coronavirus relief bill Justice IG pours fuel on looming fight over FISA court The relief bill and public broadcasting: A missed opportunity MORE (R-Ohio) vehemently denied allegations on Monday from a college wrestling referee that he was aware of and did not act on sexual misconduct by a team doctor at Ohio State University, The Lima News reported. At the time of the alleged misconduct, Jordan was an assistant coach at the university. 

“I’ve stood up against the IRS, stood up against the FBI, stood up against Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Hannity blasts criticism of Fox News: 'I have taken this seriously' Pelosi forms House committee to oversee coronavirus response MORE, fought the Justice Department when the whole Trump-Russia thing — what they had done. ... The idea I’m not going to defend our athletes when I think they’re being harmed is ridiculous,” Jordan said Monday. “This is just, this is someone making a false statement.”

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A referee claimed in a lawsuit, which does not name Jordan as a defendant, that when he reported Dr. Richard Strauss had masturbated in front of him in a shower, Jordan and the head wrestling coach simply replied, “Yeah, that’s Strauss.”

The unnamed referee is the second person to claim he told Jordan directly about the allegations against Strauss, who investigators have said abused nearly 180 athletes over two decades. Strauss took his own life in 2005.

Jordan has previously denied any knowledge of Strauss’s conduct, telling Politico last year, “I never knew about any type of abuse. If I did, I would have done something about it.”

The Ohio congressman, one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE’s most vocal defenders in Congress, has temporarily been placed on the House Intelligence Committee during the upcoming public phase of impeachment hearings in the House. In his denial of the initial allegations last July, Jordan implied the claims were coming forward "in light of things that are going on in Washington."