Bret Baier Grills Jim Jordan on Abuse Allegations: Are You Saying This is a Conspiracy?


Rep. Jim Jordan appeared on Fox News for an interview with Bret Baier, who grilled him on the allegations that he ignored sexual abuse when he was a wrestling coach at Ohio State.

Jordan, a Republican member of the House Freedom Caucus who coached wrestling at Ohio State from 1986 to 1994, denied any knowledge of alleged abuse by the team’s doctor, Richard Strauss, who died in 2005.

Baier played a video of Mike DiSabato — one wrestler who has appeared on CNN repeatedly to accuse Jordan of knowing about the abuse — claiming talk of the abuse was frequent in the team’s “locker room conversations.”

“Now there are five, at least five, Politico is saying there are six,” Baier noted of the wrestlers suggesting Jordan knew about the misconduct. “Where are these guys coming from?”

“Conversations in a locker room are a lot different than allegations of abuse, or reported abuse to us,” Jordan replied. “No one reported any abuse to me, if they had I would have dealt with it.”

“What bothers me the most, is the guys that are saying this, I know they know the truth,” Jordan said. “I know they know what they’re saying is not accurate.”

“So what do you think the motivation is then?” Baier pressed.

“DiSabato has a vendetta against Ohio State,” the congressman replied, referring to the former wrestler’s long-running dispute with the university. “He has a vendetta against our family.”

Jordan also took aim at CNN for putting DiSabato on air, given his “criminal record.”

“Okay, but you know there are others,” Baier pointed out. “It’s not just him.” The Fox News host pointed out that multiple wrestlers who praised Jordan, also maintained that he definitely knew about the abuse.

“Not true,” Jordan replied to their claims. He added that “the timing is suspect,” as the allegations came as he’s being floated to serve as the next House Speaker.

Baier continued to grill Jordan on what he knew about alleged abuse, and the congressman maintained there was a difference between locker room conversations and actual reported abuse — denying he had heard either.

Towards the end of the interview, Baier asked about Jordan pointing out that the law firm hired by Ohio State to conduct the investigation into alleged abuse also worked for the Clinton campaign.

“Are you suggesting that this is some sort of conspiracy?”

“No,” Jordan replied, though he noted the law firm was the same that paid Fusion GPS for its anti-Trump dossier, yet it was supposedly unable to get his phone number.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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