Alleged sexual abuse victim sends emails to Ohio Rep

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U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, has been accused by wrestlers he once coached at Ohio State University of failing to stop the wrestling team's doctor from sexually molesting them and other students.

"I don't believe [the accusers] at all", President Trump said, speaking with reporters aboard Air Force One, on his way to a rally in Montana Thursday night. I believe him. Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I've met since I've been in Washington.

The president praised Jordan ― a Trump ally and co-founder of the powerful, conservative House Freedom Caucus ― calling him "an outstanding man". Jordan, who was the assistant coach from 1986 to 1994, may have covered up the incidents, according to the reports. DiSabato, 50, said he was moved to tell Ohio State of Strauss' actions after hearing accounts past year of gymnasts sexually abused by sports doctor Larry Nassar.

"He'd even make comments, 'This guy better not touch me, '" Yetts said.

Jordan's denial conflicts with descriptions that the alleged abuse was rampant and well known in OSU wrestling circles.

In April, the university announced an investigation into recently surfaced allegations against the former wrestling team physician, Dr. Richard Strauss, who served between the mid-1970s and late 1990s.

In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, DiSabato laughed at the notion he was bullying Jordan in any capacity.

However, former wrestlers Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha Yetts told NBC News it was common knowledge that Strauss showered regularly with students and inappropriately touched them during medical appointments. I believe Jim Jordan 100%.

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Rep Jordan's spokesman said Thursday the Republican is working with investigators to set up a meeting.

"And look, if there are people who are abused, then that's awful and we want justice to happen", he added in his remarks to Politico.

This came as a fourth former Ohio State University wrestler, Shawn Dailey, came forward and said he'd been abused.

"I participated with Jimmy and the other wrestlers in locker-room talk about Strauss".

DiSabato, of Dublin in suburban Columbus, also told the AP that Jordan had direct knowledge of the Strauss allegations. "It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your trousers down".

Fury said, "We have no record of a call". But like so many items in the news, this story is now about Trump, which means that Jordan will gain and lose credibility, as the case may be, from POTUS' embrace.

But Jordan disputes reports that he ignored an interview request from a law firm the university has employed to investigate the abuse claims.