House Speaker Paul Ryan defended Congressmember Jim Jordan on Wednesday, after a fifth former wrestler at Ohio State University accused the Ohio Republican lawmaker of failing to intervene as a team doctor sexually abused young men in the 1990s. The men allege former team doctor Richard Strauss groped players on multiple occasions and that Jordan, who was then serving as an assistant coach on the wrestling team, must have known about the molestation. Jordan, who’s been floated as a possible replacement for outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, has denied any knowledge of sexual abuses. This is Speaker Ryan, at a Capitol Hill news conference Wednesday.
House Speaker Paul Ryan: “Jim Jordan is a friend of mine. We haven’t always agreed with each other over the years, but I’ve always known Jim Jordan to be a man of honesty and a man of integrity.”