Rep. Jim Jordan is expected to be assigned to the House Intelligence Committee, GOP sources said Friday—less than 24 hours after the Ohio Republican was again implicated in a lawsuit of looking the other way over two decades ago at credible allegations of sexual harassment and abuse of students during his tenure as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University.
As CBS News reported, Jordan’s appointment to the committee marks the elevation of a zealous defender of President Donald Trump against the House Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.
“Ironic that Jim Jordan is spending so much time defending the president from credible accusations when he really should be spending that time defending himself from very credible accusations,” tweeted The Intercept‘s Medhi Hasan.
The newest allegations against Jordan are part of a lawsuit filed Thursday by a university referee, according to NBC News. In the suit, the referee—identified as John Doe 42—claims that Dr. Richard Strauss, a notorious abuser of male athletes at the school for years, masturbated in front of Doe in a locker room shower in 1994. When Doe reported the harassment to Jordan, Jordan and then-head coach Russ Hellickson replied by saying, “Yeah, yeah, we know.”
Strauss, who died in 2005, was found in a university-led internal investigation in May to have abused at least 177 students over almost two decades. The report’s findings indicated that a number of the coaching staff, including Jordan, knew about the abuse but did nothing.
Jordan has long denied any knowledge of the abuse or involvement in any cover-up. The congressman’s spokesperson Ian Fury reiterated those denials to The Washington Post Friday.
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