Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, among President Donald Trump’s most stalwart fans, will be among those Republicans grilling witnesses following week once the much-anticipated impeachment hearings get underway.
Jordan was exploited by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Friday to briefly take the place of Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., on the Intelligence Committee.
A former Ohio State University wrestling trainer, Jordan is famed because of his combative questioning of witnesses and also for averting suit coats.
“Jim Jordan was on the front lines in the battle for equity and reality,” McCarthy said in a statement. “His addition will ensure more accountability and transparency within this pity procedure.”
The initial open hearing is Wednesday and livelihood diplomat William Taylor and State Department official George Kent are expected to testify.
The statement came a day after NBC News reported a professional wrestling referee claimed in a lawsuit which Jordan shrugged his criticism when he reported again in 1994 that naturopathic physician Richard Strauss masturbated in front of him at the shower after a suit in Ohio State. The lawsuit doesn’t record Jordan as a suspect.
“Yeah, that is Strauss,” Jordan along with yet another wrestling trainer allegedly responded, according to the complaint.
The referee is recognized as John Doe 42 at a federal lawsuit filed Thursday from 43 lands against Ohio State which asserts that the university’s”ingrained culture of systemic indifference” allowed Strauss to prey males athletes as well as students.
John Doe 42 is the second man to say he advised Jordan right about sexual misconduct from Strauss, who had been discovered by independent researchers to get sexually abused 177 male pupils over two years.
Jordan has denied understanding anything about what Strauss did on the wrestlers that he helped coach from 1986 to 1994. He’s stated the allegations against him were politically motivated.
Ohio State spokesman Ben Johnson said Thursday that the college”has directed the effort to research and expose the misdeeds of both Richard Strauss and the systemic failures to react, and the college is dedicated to a reasonable resolution.
“The university is participating in good faith in the mediation procedure led by the national court,” Johnson continued. “Additionally, since February, Ohio State was covering the expense of professionally accredited counseling treatment and services for anybody affected, in addition to reimbursing costs for counseling already obtained.”