House Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan of Ohio said Wednesday that CNN has contacted over 100 of his former staff members and congressional interns seeking negative information on him.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 11, 2018
CNN did not respond to multiple requests for comment from The Daily Caller News Foundation asking whether or not Jordan’s tweet was true. Jordan’s office did not respond to requests asking for more information on what “dirt” CNN was reportedly seeking.
The tweet comes amid a series of allegations that Jordan failed to report a former doctor who was abusing student wrestlers at Ohio State while Jordan was an assistant coach.
Jordan, a former Division-1 wrestler, was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1986 to 1994. During and before his time at the university, a team doctor, Richard Strauss, allegedly had questionable interactions with teammates and students. Seven former Ohio State University wrestlers have come out against Jordan in recent weeks for reportedly failing to intervene with Strauss, who they claim was molesting them and students.
The Ohio representative is receiving a wave of support from Republican leadership in the House. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise have all throw their full weight behind Jordan, characterizing him as a good man and commending him for backing Ohio State University in their investigation into Strauss.
Jordan is also getting support outside the halls of Congress. Fifteen former Ohio State wrestlers issued statements on Tuesday denying allegations against Jordan and six former university coaches are also defending Jordan.
The allegations against Jordan have already sparked a request for a review within the Office of Congressional Ethics. The request comes from a former President Barack Obama ethics czar and the president of a Democratically aligned watchdog group.
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