Jordan, R-Ohio, originally said on Wednesday that he received unusual emails and might send them to the Capitol Police. I believe Jim Jordan 100 percent. "I believe him. Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I've met since I've been in Washington", Trump said to reporters during a brief gaggle aboard Air Force One on Thursday.
He is also forcefully denying allegations that he overlooked widespread sexual abuse of wrestlers that occurred decades ago while he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University.
Jordan, who was OSU's assistant wrestling coach from 1986 to 1994, has insisted repeatedly he was not aware of the abuse until players began speaking publicly about it in April.
The NBC report said former wrestler Mike DiSabato told the network that before going to the university with the molestation charges, he reached out to Jordan, who told him to "Please leave me out of it".
Dunyasha Yetts, another former wrestler, told NBC he told Jordan about an instance when Strauss allegedly pulled down Yetts's trousers, and he and his teammates talked to Jordan several times about the abuse.
Multiple Ohio State wrestlers have said he knew of sexual assault allegations and inappropriate behavior by former team doctor Richard Strauss.
"Based on testimony from victim athletes from each of the aforementioned varsity sports, we estimate that Strauss sexually assaulted and/or raped a minimum of 1,500/2,000 athletes at OSU from 1978 through 1998", former wrestler Mike DiSabato wrote in a June 26 email to a law firm that represents Ohio State, as quoted by NBC News. Jordan said Wednesday that he knew nothing about any allegations against Strauss.
The university said its investigation includes "outreach to former student-athletes, coaches and others who may have been affected or may have had knowledge of these alleged incidents".
Ohio State's investigation into Strauss and the alleged abuse came as a result of DiSabato coming forward, NBC reported. "But to say that he had no knowledge of it, I would say that's kind of hurtful".
Detailing what happened him when he was just 14 and was attended to by Dr. Strauss who visited his high school's wrestling program, DiSabato mentioned the facilities at the university that caused athletes to have to shower with coaches and the doctor.
Another ex-wrestler who requested anonymity described the culture around the Buckeyes locker room to NBC. Strauss died in 2005 at age 67.
Jordan continues to contend that he was unaware of the matter and that had he been aware, he would have addressed it, according to his Tuesday interview with Politico.
DiSabato said the video was sent to the school and to Perkins Coie. He was one of the founders of the House Freedom Caucus, which is basically made up of the Tea Party members and he has been the biggest mouthpiece attacking Special Prosecutor Robert Muller, going after Peter Struck, the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who was having an affair with another Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and they sent a couple text messages to one another.