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Jim Jordan has and continues to violate his oath of office to protect Donald J. Trump.  

By Curt Devine, Drew Griffin and Majlie de Puy Kamp, CNN Investigates

(CNN) Tito Vazquez says he still remembers the day three decades ago when, as a wrestler at Ohio State University, the doctor he'd gone to see about a bloody nose insisted on examining his genitals. He also recalls how one of his coaches dismissed his immediate complaint. "'I have nothing to do with this,'" Vazquez quoted the assistant coach saying, as he effectively ended the conversation and went on with wrestling practice. That coach, Vazquez says, was Jim Jordan, now an Ohio congressman and an influential voice in Republican politics, perhaps best known for his pugnacious defense of President Donald Trump during the recent impeachment proceedings. Vazquez is one of six former OSU wrestlers who told CNN in recent interviews that they were present when Jordan heard or responded to sexual misconduct complaints about team doctor Richard Strauss. Eight others say Strauss' inappropriate behavior was an open secret in the athletic department and that Jordan, among others, must have known about it. What Jordan and other coaches knew, and when they knew it, has been under scrutiny since 2018, when OSU announced an investigation into the allegations against Strauss. An independent report commissioned by the university concluded last year that Strauss "sexually abused at least 177 male student-patients" between 1979 and 1998. The doctor died by suicide in 2005. A number of lawsuits have been filed against OSU over allegations related to Strauss. On Friday, OSU announced that it reached a monetary settlement with Strauss' victims in 11 out of 18 pending cases. Since the scandal emerged, Jordan has emphatically denied that he knew anything about Strauss' abuse during his own years working at OSU, between 1987 and 1995. "Congressman Jordan never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State," his congressional office said in 2018.

NBC News

The brother of the Ohio State University whistleblower is claiming that Rep. Jim Jordan asked him to "go against" his brother after being accused of overlooking the sexual abuse of male wrestlers by the team doctor, Richard Strauss.

By Liz Roscher - Yahoo Sports

Ohio congressman and former Ohio State assistant wrestling coach Jim Jordan has been accused of participating in the cover up of widespread sexual abuse in OSU’s wrestling program. Jordan was accused by Adam DiSabato, who was the team captain in the late 1980s and early 1990s. DiSabato was appearing in front of a hearing in the Ohio legislature as a witness for House Bill 249, which would waive the statute of limitations and allow the OSU athletes who had been abused to sue the university. DiSabato told the House Civil Justice Committee that several team officials, including Jordan, were aware that the team’s open shower facilities put them at risk of being abused and harassed by a team doctor, but did nothing about it. Then DiSabato detailed a phone conversation between him and Jordan, in which Jordan asks DiSabato to help him cover up wrongdoing.

"[DiSabato] also said Jordan called him repeatedly in July 2018, after media outlets quoted his brother, Michael DiSabato, saying Strauss’ abuse was common knowledge to those surrounding the wrestling program, including Jordan.</p><p>“Jim Jordan called me crying, groveling… begging me to go against my brother…That’s the kind of cover-up that’s going on there,” he said.</p><p>“Are you guys going to do what you’re voted to do?” he told lawmakers later. “That’s the only reason I’m here.”"

Republicans’ attempt to smear a decorated war veteran did not go well.
By Bess Levin

Hello, and welcome to week two of the impeachment inquiry’s public hearings. Last week the House Intelligence Committee heard testimony from career officials concerning Donald Trump’s plot to extort Ukraine for personal gain, which Republicans rejected as hearsay because it came from people who were not on the infamous July 25 phone call. This morning the witnesses included Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman and Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams, who were listening in as Trump asked Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to do him a “favor,” meaning the GOP has had to pivot in its sad, sad defense of the president. And here’s what it’s come up with: trying, and failing, to suggest Vindman, a decorated Army veteran who received a Purple Heart in 2004, can’t be trusted.

Not surprisingly, that honor went to resident angry man Jim Jordan, who read from the deposition of National Security Council adviser Tim Morrison, who, according to Jordan, expressed “concerns” about Vindman’s judgment. “So your boss had concerns about your judgment,” Jordan said. “Your former boss, Dr. [Fiona] Hill, had concerns about your judgment. Your colleagues had concerns about your judgment. And your colleagues felt that there were times when you leaked information. Any idea why they have those impressions, Colonel Vindman?” Jordan asked, clearly thinking he’d nailed the guy. To which Vindman, perhaps expecting the attempted smear, responded by reading a performance evaluation written by Hill earlier this year.

By John Bowden

An attorney representing a whistleblower in the intelligence community who filed an inspector general complaint at the center of the impeachment proceedings lashed out at Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Tuesday, accusing the congressman of lying and spreading conspiracy theories. Andrew Bakaj tweeted Tuesday that Jordan had lied about who the unnamed whistleblower had contacted before filing a report with the intelligence community's inspector general.

   Congressman @Jim_Jordan - I AM TIRED OF YOU LYING IN A HOUSE COMMITTEE ROOM IN FRONT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. My client hired ME - no one else in leading up to filing the disclosure with the ICIG. I have made that clear TIME AND TIME AGAIN - and you ignore the FACTS!
   — Andrew P. Bakaj (@AndrewBakaj) November 19, 2019

A second attorney representing the whistleblower, Mark Zaid, added: "Certain Members of Congress continue to lie abt my role in this case & deliberately distort facts to deflect from addressing #WBer complaint."

"They didn't treat me this way when I worked w/them re #Benghazi #WBers. #Shameful," he continued, adding "#FactsMatter."

   Certain Members of Congress continue to lie abt my role in this case & deliberately distort facts to deflect from addressing #WBer complaint.

   They didn't treat me this way when I worked w/them re #Benghazi #WBers. #Shameful#FactsMatter https://t.co/vMP4NpiKXH
   — Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) November 19, 2019. Full Story

CNN Situation Room

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) wouldn't give a direct answer when asked by CNN's Manu Raju if he believed former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch's claims that a "smear campaign" was levied against her by President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and his associates. Video

The referee said the response of Jordan and another former coach was, "Yeah, yeah, we know."
By Corky Siemaszko

A professional referee says in a lawsuit filed Thursday that disgraced doctor Richard Strauss masturbated in front of him in a shower after a wrestling match at Ohio State University, and he reported the encounter directly to Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who was then the assistant coach. “Yeah, that’s Strauss,” Jordan and then-head coach Russ Hellickson replied, according to the lawsuit, when the referee, identified in court papers as John Doe 42, told them about the incident. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Ohio, implies that Jordan's response to the incident, which the referee said happened in 1994, was essentially a shrug.

John Doe 42 is the second person to say he told Jordan directly about either being approached or molested by Strauss, who was found by independent investigators to have sexually abused 177 male students over two decades. Jordan, a powerful Republican congressman and a top defender of President Donald Trump in the ongoing impeachment inquiry, has repeatedly denied knowing anything about what Strauss did to the wrestlers he helped coach from 1986 to 1994. He has said the allegations against him were politically motivated.

John Doe 42 said that when he informed Jordan and Hellickson about what happened, their response was, “Yeah, yeah, we know.” “It was common knowledge what Strauss was doing so the attitude was it is what it is,” he told NBC News. “I wish Jim, and Russ, too, would stand up and do the right thing and admit they knew what Strauss was doing, because everybody knew what he was doing to the wrestlers. What was a shock to me is that Strauss tried to do that to me. He was breaking new ground by going after a ref.”

Former Ohio State wrestler Dunyasha Yetts was the first person to say he spoke to Jordan directly about Strauss. He previously described how he went to see Strauss for a thumb injury, and when the doctor tried to pull down his pants, he stormed out and complained to Jordan and Hellickson. “It’s good that people are starting to come forward and say the truth, which is that Jordan and the other coaches knew what was going on and they blew it off,” Yetts told NBC News. Other former Ohio State wrestlers have said Jordan had to know about Strauss because he shared a locker room with them and took part in discussions about the doctor, who died in 2005. Full Story

By Elliot Hannon

In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, a referee alleges that Ohio State wrestling coaches, including now Republican congressman Jim Jordan, were aware of the sexual misconduct of disgraced former Ohio State doctor Richard Strauss. The suit, the latest of more than a dozen suits filed against the university, says that Strauss masturbated in front of the referee, identified as Jon Doe 2 in court papers, in a shower following a wrestling match in 1994. The ref said he then alerted the team’s coaches, then-head coach Russ Hellickson and assistant Jim Jordan, about Strauss’ behavior, but they shrugged it off, saying: “Yeah, yeah, we know.”

“It was common knowledge what Strauss was doing so the attitude was it is what it is,” the referree told NBC News. “I wish Jim, and Russ, too, would stand up and do the right thing and admit they knew what Strauss was doing, because everybody knew what he was doing to the wrestlers. What was a shock to me is that Strauss tried to do that to me. He was breaking new ground by going after a ref.”

More than 177 former Ohio State athletes have now come forward to describe abuse at the hands of the former university doctor during his 20-year tenure, but a new wave of lawsuits indicates there are likely far more victims and even more severe instances of misconduct than what has been reported so far by an investigation that issued a report on its findings in May. In its annual crime report, the Ohio State said it was now aware of 1,429 instances of fondling and 47 allegations of rape against Strauss. One former wrestler described visiting the doctor for dehydration and being given medication by Strauss before blacking out. “When [the player] came to, he was not sure how long he had been unconscious. He found himself face down on the floor experiencing extreme rectal pain,” the complaint states. “As he came to, he realized the pain was because Dr. Strauss was lying behind him, anally raping him.” Full Story

by Jordan McDonald

President Donald Trump will get another vocal defender in the ongoing impeachment probe as it enters the public stage. GOP Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who has been a fervent ally of Trump, has been assigned to the House Intelligence Committee to fight for “fairness and truth” as the impeachment proceedings enter the public phase, according to a statement from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Jordan joins the ranks of the president’s most ardent Republican defenders already on the panel, including Reps. Devin Nunes of California and John Ratcliffe of Texas. The assignment comes soon after another man said Jordan, when he was a wrestling coach at Ohio State University in the early 1990s, ignored his claim that he had been the subject of sexual abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss. Independent investigators have ruled that Strauss, who died in 2005, sexually abused 177 male students over about 20 years.

A Jordan spokesman did not return CNBC’s request for comment on the latest Strauss-related accusation. In the impeachment hearings, Jordan will likely be at odds with Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who is leading the public inquiry and has drawn the ire of conservatives pundits and politicians, including Trump.

Jordan was part of a failed effort to censure Schiff in October over Schiff’s recounting of Trump’s controversial July 25th call with Ukrainian President Vlodomyr Zelensky during a September 27 hearing. A partial transcript of that call was made public after a whisteblower complaint exposed it. Full Story

Jordan claimed Democrats are merely trying to smear the president, while Tapper accused the congressman of misrepresenting the facts of the case.
Author: Tyler Carey

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio's 4th congressional district and CNN journalist Jake Tapper got into a heated debate Sunday over the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Jordan, an Urbana native whose district represents Elyria and other portions of Northeast Ohio, was appearing as a guest on Tapper's weekly political show State of the Union. The discussion immediately moved to the inquiry, which Jordan characterized as an "attack" by Democrats who "are bound and determined to go after this president." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the launch of the impeachment proceedings this past week following allegations by a whistleblower that Trump had pressured Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter for possible corruption. A summary of that phone call released by the White House confirms Trump asked Zelensky to do him a "favor" and investigate the Bidens, which critics call a blatant attempt by Trump to use a foreign government to influence the 2020 presidential election.

During his discussion with Tapper, Jordan—one of President Trump's biggest defenders in Congress—attempted to paint the still-unknown whistleblower as politically biased against Trump as well as not credible because they had no firsthand knowledge of the conversation between Trump and Zelensky. Tapper then referred Jordan to a letter from Inspector General Michael Atkinson (a Trump appointee) stating that the whistleblower's perceived bias had no effect on their credibility, along with the fact that firsthand knowledge of a situation is not a requirement for a whistleblower complaint.

"According to the Acting Director of National Intelligence, the transcript is in alignment with the whistleblower complaint," Tapper added firmly. "We all see it. We all see...Zelensky wants military aid and President Trump asks him to look into the Bidens. I can't believe that that's okay with you." The questions surrounding Joe Biden, the current frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, stem from Hunter's position on the board of directors of a Ukranian oil and gas company during his father's time as vice president. It was during this period that Vice President Biden, with the support of virtually all western governments, urged Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor Viktor Shokin amid allegations of blocking corruption investigations in the country.

President Trump and personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani claim Biden fought for Shokin's ouster to protect Hunter for prosecution. There is no evidence either of the Bidens committed any wrongdoing or that Hunter was even under investigation, but Jordan repeated these unsubstantiated claims Sunday. "The vice president's son gets paid $50,000 a month and gets hired by an industry he has no experience in, and that's fine?" he asked. "Try taking that message to the American people." Tapper (clearly annoyed) shot back, stating that the standards Jordan was setting for Biden and his son "[are] not being met right now" by President Trump and his own children. "The president's daughter right now is having all sorts of copyrights granted in foreign countries. That doesn't alarm you," Tapper proclaimed. "The president's sons are doing all sorts of business all over the world...Either there's a principal that people should not benefit from their connections or their isn't." Full Story

By Ken Meyer

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) can explain why Donald Trump is comparing impeachment to a “lynching.” The president drew bipartisan disapproval for how he topped off his anti-impeachment tweets of the day by likening the process to a “lynching.” This comes as the president remains under scrutiny for efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government into investigating unsubstantiated conspiracy theories and digging up dirt on Joe Biden’s family. CNN’s Manu Raju asked Jordan on Tuesday if it was “appropriate” for Trump to compare impeachment to lynching, a term typically reserved for extrajudicial executions of African Americans by racist mobs. Here’s Jordan’s full answer:  Full Story


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