Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) has come under intense scrutiny regarding incidents of sexual molestation that he allegedly knew about more than 20 years ago.
Four wrestlers from Ohio State University are claiming that although Jordan, an assistant wrestling coach for the university at the time had nothing to do with sexual misconduct, they claim he was aware of the abuse allegedly committed by Dr. Richard Strauss, the wrestling team doctor who committed suicide in 2005.
Jordan has denied that he ever knew about Strauss’s actions who wrestlers claim involved groping them, taking showers with them and otherwise touching them inappropriately.
Jordan told Politico:
“It’s not true. I never knew about any type of abuse. If I did, I would have done something about it. And look, if there are people who are abused, then that’s terrible and we want justice to happen.”
That being said, there is something unsettling about the timing of the accusations by the former wrestlers.
Is it just a coincidence?
Jordan spoke out against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during a recent hearing in front of the House Judiciary and accused Rosenstein of “keeping information from Congress.”
During the fiery exchange it was obvious that Rosenstein became incensed by Jordan’s accusations.
Within days, assertions by wrestlers against Jordan surfaced once again. The accusations initially were brought earlier this year.
Sexual molestation and abuse by an adult against a child is one of the most egregious crimes that could ever be committed. A child’s life is forever changed by the traumatic event and the perpetrator should spend the rest of their lives in prison.
In the case of the wrestlers at Ohio State University, however, many if not all of those who have spoken out about Jordan would have been at least 18 years old or older at the time the claims of molestation by the team doctor occurred.
The media is not reporting the fact that the Ohio State University students were ADULTS at the time the alleged sexual misconduct occurred and not children (as in the case of Jerry Sandusky, assistant coach at Penn State who molested children his charity organization was helping while he was a coach).
One wrestler Shawn Dailey asserts that he was groped half a dozen times by Strauss in the mid-1990s but was too embarrassed to report the abuse to Jordan. Dailey is currently 43-years-old which means he would have been approximately 20 at the time.
Dailey spoke out two days after it was reported that three former wrestlers had also come forward to claim that Jordan knew what was happening but chose to turn a “blind eye” to the occurrences of abuse.
While 2018 may be the year of the #MeToo movement, it would have been the norm in the mid-1990s for adults to file criminal complaints with the police following any incidents of sexual abuse.
The issue of whether anyone else knew about what happened would have been relevant during a subsequent trial, not more than 20 years later to place blame on them.
Also of interest is the law firm involved with the university.
The law firm that was hired by Ohio State University to oversee the investigation into whether sexual misconduct occurred is none other than Perkins Coie.
They have also questioned Jordan about his knowledge of what occurred.
You may recall that Attorney Marc Elias of Perkins Coie hired Fusion GPS to assist in the law firm’s representation of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Is it just a coincidence that this particular law firm is involved?
Or could the real motivating factor to point fingers at Jordan be that this is a reelection year for him?
President Donald Trump believes Jordan was not aware of sexual abuse allegations.
Trump told the press pool earlier Thursday:
“I don’t believe them at all. I believe him. Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I’ve met since I’ve been in Washington. I believe him 100 percent. No question in my mind. I believe Jim Jordan 100 percent. He’s an outstanding man.”
No doubt the debate about what Jordan knew or didn’t know will continue at least through the November 2018 election.
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