UPDATED 6:35 AM PT — Tues. July 10, 2018
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is defending Congressman Jim Jordan, following claims he ignored sexual assault allegations while he was a wrestling coach at Ohio State University.
The Louisiana GOP leader announced his support for Jordan on Monday, saying he is confident Jordan would have stood up for his athletes.
The Ohio representative has been accused of turning a blind eye to claims a former doctor at Ohio State sexually abused several wrestlers, while Jordan worked as an assistant coach.
The congressman has denied the allegations and said he is committed to working with investigators to uncover the truth.
“Things he said are just not true, we knew of no abuse, never hear of abuse, if we had we would’ve reported it,” stated Jordan.
The allegations are being made by former wrestlers Mike Disabato and Dunyasha Yetts.
New reports are surfacing and are revealing the accusers have a history of harassment allegations, failed business dealings as well as lawsuits. Yetts reportedly even served prison time for fraud.
In the case of Disabato — the widow of one of his former teammates, who was killed in combat in Iraq, said he intimidated and bullied her over a memorial fund for her late husband. Karen Mendoza issued a statement, saying she questions the authenticity and verity of any of Disabato’s words or actions.
Jordan said he and other coaches were never informed of the alleged abuse by the physician during his time OSU, adding, he is more than willing to corporate with any investigation.
“If in fact there’s problems, we want justice for the people who are victims, obviously, and like I said we’re happy to talk to the folks who are doing the investigation,” he commented. “Things they said about me are flat out not true.”
The leading House Republican is also questioning the timing of the allegations.
Jordan is being considered as a replacement for House Speaker Paul Ryan, and has also been a strong advocate against the Obama-era FBI and Justice Department over the agencies handling of the Russia investigation.