By Daniel Chaitin, The Washington Examiner, July 12, 2018
A Republican congressman tied the “deep state” to Rep. Jim Jordan’s, R-Ohio, accusers who allege he ignored sexual abuse of wrestlers by a team doctor while he was serving as a coach at Ohio State University decades ago.
While defending his fellow Republican, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., on Wednesday questioned the timing of several former wrestlers at Ohio State coming out earlier this month to say Jordan knew about Dr. Richard Strauss, who previously treated school athletes, and inappropriate behavior he allegedly engaged in during his tenure. Strauss committed suicide in 2005.
Gaetz noted it was suspicious that the allegations surfaced only days after Jordan grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during a hearing about the Department of Justice’s conduct in its investigation of President Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Jordan has denied the claims against him. He and his defenders have said they believe the accusations are politically motivated because Jordan has been at odds with the DOJ over congressional requests for documents related to the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email server and the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russians, and he is considering whether to compete to become the next speaker of the House.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, for instance, blamed Perkins Coie, which he called a “dirty tricks law firm” with ties to Democrats, for raising the allegations, and as Vanity Fair points out, after Jordan questioned the timing of the accusations during a Fox News interview last week, several right-wing news outlets have published articles suggesting a deep state conspiracy.
Jordan, who has the backing of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Trump, and other former Ohio State wrestlers, told reporters Tuesday he plans to sit down with Ohio State University investigators probing the allegations.
Among his accusers are former UFC world champion Mark Coleman.
The deep state is a conspiracy theory about a behind-the-scenes network controlling governments.
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