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Why ‘Jim Jordan Knew’ is back in the news

Jim Jordan gets accused (again!) of covering up Ohio State sex abuse.


David Covucci


Posted on Nov 8, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 11:28 pm CDT

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is one of the fiercest supporters of President Donald Trump in Congress, launching into fiery tirades in defense of the president whenever cameras are on him.

He’s also—if you believe the numerous reports of him covering up a sex abuse scandal at Ohio State—guilty of covering up a sex abuse scandal at Ohio State. And today, another person came forward to say Jordan covered up their reporting of sexual abuse by a doctor while Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State.

According to a new lawsuit first reported by NBC News, a referee told Jordan that Richard Strauss, a doctor with the Ohio State athletic department, masturbated in front of a shower.

Strauss is reported to have sexually abused over 177 boys in two decades while at the school.

According to the lawsuit, when the referee told Jordan about the incident, Jordan said: “Yeah, that’s Strauss.”

The referee is now the second person to say they specifically told Jordan about abuses by Strauss. Other wrestlers have said they thought Jordan also knew but did not say they spoke to him about it.

Jordan has always vehemently denied he knew anything about it.

But given his position with the university at the time and the widespread nature of the abuse, people think that’s not true. And on Twitter, #JimJordanKnew started trending.


Some drew a comparison to the recent situation of Rep. Katie Hill (R-Calif.) who resigned as a scandal about an improper relationship with a staffer came to light.

Jordan did not respond to a request for comment from NBC News last night.


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*First Published: Nov 8, 2019, 9:12 am CST