Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) faced a firestorm last year when former players on the Ohio State wrestling team, where he served as an assistant coach, accused him of ignoring a massive sex abuse scandal. Dr. Richard Strauss was molesting male athletes for decades, a new independent report found, while coaches and administrators knowingly turned a blind eye.
Jordan has denied any knowledge of the abuse while it was happening, but former athletes have claimed he was aware and that the wrestlers spoke openly about it at the time, as NBC News reported.
Ian Fury, Jordan’s communications director, tried to claim he the congressman was vindicated by the report, pointing to its claim that it “did not identify any other contemporaneous documentary evidence indicating that members of the OSU coaching staff, including head coaches or assistant coaches, received or were aware of complaints regarding Strauss’ sexual misconduct.”
However, it also found that survivors, many of whom believed the coaches were aware of the abuse, were “both highly credible and cross-corroborative.”
Mike DiSabato, one of the former athletes who sparked the investigation by coming forward, told NBC News that the report appears to support and bolster his account, adding: “Jim Jordan knew, they all knew, and they did nothing.”
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story noted that NBC News had reported that the House Committee on Education and Labor was scrutinizing Jordan’s involvement in the scandal. The NBC News story has since been updated to remove this claim. An aide for the committee told AlterNet that while the committee is working on the issue of the abuse of minors, it is not specifically looking into Jordan’s actions or the Ohio State case.
Trump’s horsewhip-carrying chief of protocol will resign after intimidating State Department staff: report
President Donald Trump's chief of protocol plans to step down just ahead of the G-20 summit in Japan, according to Bloomberg News.
Sean Lawler, whose job includes assisting the president in diplomatic talks overseas and with foreign leaders in the White House, faces an investigation from the State Department's inspector general for intimidating subordinates, including carrying a horsewhip around the office.
The president reportedly did not care for Lawler, at one point asking officials why he still works at the White House.
Jerry Falwell, Jr blasted as ‘un-Christian prat’ after trying to defend Donald Trump in battle with Southern Baptist ethics chief
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. was ripped online for attempting to rationalize President Donald Trump's detention camps for children.
Dr. Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, posted on Twitter an Associated Press story on the "perilous conditions" at a Texas Border Patrol station holding 300 children.
"The reports of the conditions for migrant children at the border should shock all of our consciences. Those created in the image of God should be treated with dignity and compassion, especially those seeking refuge from violence back home. We can do better than this," Moore wrote.
Prosecutors offered indicted GOP congressman a deal to keep his multiple taxpayer-funded trysts quiet — but he refused
On Tuesday, CNN reported that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), facing indictment for stealing campaign funds and falsifying spending reports, was offered a deal by to keep secret the incidents in which he used taxpayer money to finance affairs with lobbyists — but he refused.
"Prosecutors told a judge they tried to cut a deal with Hunter to avoid revealing the alleged tryst, but his attorneys refused," reported CNN's Tom Foreman.
The affairs were made public shortly after it was revealed that Hunter's wife Margaret, an alleged co-conspirator in the scheme, was cooperating with prosecutors. Hunter had previously tried to blame the entire scheme on his wife — a claim that looks increasingly dubious.