This morning Paul Ryan defended Jim Jordan, his Republican colleague, against the attacks on him over failing to protect students against their molesty team doctor.
Here’s more from the Daily Caller:
“I talked to Jim over the weekend. First of all, his nephew, who was a wrestler over at U-W-Madison, died tragically in a car accident. So I called to check in on Jim this weekend and also talk about the Ohio State matter,” Ryan told reporters Wednesday morning.
“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. I also want to make sure that Ohio state conducts the review of this doctor and what he did. That is important so that campuses are safe,” Ryan told reporters. “I’m glad Jim is supporting that review.”
Ryan pushed back against the request for a review, telling reporters that the ethics committee is supposed to deal with members actions while they are in Congress.
“The ethics committee here investigates what members do while they are here, not things that happened a couple of decades ago before they came to Congress,” Ryan told reporters.
Ryan isn’t the only one to give Jordan his full backing:
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Whip Steve Scalise came out in support of Jordan Tuesday. The two Republican leaders comments mirrored Ryan’s statement Wednesday.
“Jim and I came into Congress together 12 years ago and I have always found him to be a good and honest man. I believe Jim when he says if faced with charges of abuse, he absolutely would have acted,” McCarthy said in a statement Tuesday.
“I have always known Jim Jordan to be honest, and I’m confident he would stand up for his athletes, just like he’s always stoop up for what’s right,” Scalise said in a statement Tuesday. “I’m glad that Jim is committed to working with the investigators to see that the full truth comes out and justice is served.”
And the House Freedom Caucus last night…
Jim Jordan is a man of integrity, and we believe him and stand with him 100 percent. If he had seen or heard something he would have acted. We continue to support his work in Congress to fight for everyday Americans.
— House Freedom Caucus (@freedomcaucus) July 11, 2018
But even more importantly, former OSU coaches came out and defended Jordan this week:
INBOX: Former OSU coaches speak out on Jim Jordan accusations pic.twitter.com/fzGXLpZCVI
— Eliza Collins (@elizacollins1) July 9, 2018
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 11, 2018