Other than perhaps Devin Nunes and Mark Meadows, we can think of very few Capitol Hill Republicans that Democrats would love to take down more than Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan. Jordan, a card-carrying member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, has been an ardent supporter of the president and a fierce critic of the Robert Mueller investigation. Together with Nunes and other patriots in the House, Jordan has been instrumental in shedding a light on the many misdeeds of the Obama-era Justice Department, thus making it ever more difficult to the Democrats to pull off their legal coup against Donald J. Trump.
We’re apparently supposed to take it as coincidence that he just happens to suddenly be facing multiple accusations that he stood by and allowed student wrestlers to be sexually assaulted while working as an assistant coach at Ohio State University. Hmm.
For the record, we’re not saying that we flat-out don’t believe the accusations to be true. Perhaps they are. And if they are, then Jordan will have to face the political and, perhaps, legal consequences for whatever his role was in allowing this abuse to go on. We have no problem with that; we’re not in the business of protecting those who protect molesters – not by a long shot.
But we are skeptical. Damn skeptical.
First and foremost, it has hardly been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the original wrongdoing actually took place. It seems overwhelmingly likely that Dr. Richard Strauss was doing something untoward with the students while at OSU, but let’s not put the cart before the horse. Every man, no matter what he’s accused of, deserves his day in court. Or, in the case of the late Dr. Strauss, his reputation deserves a fair hearing.
Second, there is no reason to assume that whatever Strauss was doing was known about by Jordan or the other wrestling coaches at the university.
Third, Jordan vehemently denies having known about the abuse. In an interview with Fox News’s Bret Baier, Jordan said, “I never saw, never heard of, never was told about any type of abuse. If I had been, I would have dealt with it. Our coaching staff, we would have dealt with it. These were our student-athletes. A good coach puts the interest of his student-athletes first. We would have dealt with it if we’d known about anything that happened.”
Fourth, the credibility of one of the accusers, Mike DiSabado, is in some doubt. As Jordan pointed out Friday, DiSabado lost a licensing agreement with the university and has been engaged in a war with Ohio State ever since. Only five months ago, he was arrested for threatening one of the university’s lawyers. DiSabado is not the only one accusing Jordan and Strauss, but it’s still worth taking his motivations into consideration.
Finally, there is the extremely suspicious involvement of Perkins Coie. It just so happens that the same law firm that funded the phony Russian dossier against Trump is the one making these allegations about Jordan’s involvement in this scandal? Come on.
“Perkins Coie…Hillary Clinton’s law firm…the same law firm that can — that can find an ex-British spy to put together a dossier to go after President Trump can’t find the Congressman’s email address, can’t get a hold of me, and then they tell the press, ‘We reached out to him. He didn’t respond,'” Jordan told Baier. “That is just completely bogus.”
As we said, we’re skeptical as hell. Is it possible that these allegations against Jordan are valid? Of course. But until we see some damn good evidence, there’s just too much here that stinks for us to overlook.