Rep. Matt Gaetz has some suspicions about the timing of attacks against his colleague, Rep. Jim Jordan.
The Florida Republican came to the defense of the Ohio lawmaker on Fox Business with Lou Dobbs as they discussed the controversy surrounding Jordan who has been accused of ignoring alleged sexual abuse when he was a coach at Ohio State University.
“Jim Jordan is a man of integrity and these attacks against him are a direct consequence of the outstanding oversight work that Jim Jordan is doing,” Gaetz said.
“If Jim Jordan was not after the Department of Justice and the FBI, he would not be dealing with these allegations,” Gaetz continued. “They are totally false, I am confident in that to my core. And look, Lou, how is Jim Jordan supposed to prove that he didn’t know something 30 years ago when he was a 21-year-old assistant coach? It is an impossible position to be in and it’s outrageous and we have to confront it for what it is.”
Jordan has denied accusations by those, including former UFC world champion Mark Coleman, that when he was a coach at Ohio State University decades ago, he turned a blind eye to sexual abuse of wrestlers by a team doctor, Dr. Richard Strauss, who committed suicide in 2005.
Gaetz found the timing of the accusations suspicious, as they surfaced right after Jordan confronted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a hearing, questioning the Department of Justice’s stonewalling over congressional requests for documents related to the Russia probe and the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Dobbs, who called it a “smear of the worst kind,” noted also that the allegations were made within a day or two of Jordan revealing he was considering whether to compete to become the next speaker of the House.
“The timing is very suspect,” Gaetz told the Fox Business host. “To me what is the most suspicious is that right after Jim Jordan brought to the floor the question of the Department of Justice’s complete delay in turning over documents it’s only days after that when he elevates the contentiousness of that issue.”
“I think they are people who have loose affiliation with the deep state that are out to get Jim Jordan and this is the way they are manifesting their hatred for a man who is doing everything to fight for the regular folks in this country who want, demand, and deserve the truth,” Gaetz added.
Several former Ohio State University wrestling coaches have stepped up to defend Jordan against the accusers, some of whom have questionable pasts that raise questions about the veracity of their claims.
The ‘deep state’ connection suggested by Gaetz was also on the mind of Twitter users last week who flooded the site with theories that Jordan’s nephew, who died in a car accident last week, was a victim of the conspiracy.
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