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

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJim Jordan, Val Demings get in shouting match about police during hearing Top House Republicans ask Harris for meeting on border The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults can get vaccine; decision Friday on J&J vax 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 SchiffGroups see new openings for digging up dirt on Trump Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference 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 TrumpSt. Louis lawyer who pointed gun at Black Lives Matter protesters considering Senate run Chauvin found guilty as nation exhales US says Iran negotiations are 'positive' 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."