FILE –This Oct. 22, 2015 file photo shows U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Capitol Hill. Two men who were wrestlers at Ohio State University in the 1990s say Jordan isn't being truthful when he says he wasn't aware of allegations team doctor Richard Strauss was groping male wrestlers, NBC reported Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Male athletes from 14 sports at Ohio State have reported alleged sexual misconduct by Strauss, whose 2005 death at the age of 67 was ruled a suicide. Jordan's spokesman says in a statement the congressman never saw or heard about any abuse or had any abuse reported when he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

The Latest: Law firm says it asked congressman for interview

July 03, 2018 - 5:42 pm
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on two former Ohio State wrestlers' allegations that U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan knew athletes were being abused (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

A law firm representing Ohio State University says an investigative team unsuccessfully sought an interview with an Ohio congressman about sex abuse allegations at the university two decades ago.

Kathleen Trafford is an attorney with the Porter Wright law firm. She says their legal team is continuing efforts to schedule an interview with Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan.

Two former Ohio State wrestlers say Jordan hasn't been truthful when asserting he was unaware of allegations that a now-dead team doctor was abusing athletes.

Jordan's spokesman says the congressman never saw or heard about any abuse or had any abuse reported when he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State.

Porter Wright hired Seattle-based Perkins Coie (coo-ey) to investigate the allegations against the late Richard Strauss.

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3:30 p.m.

The U.S. House speaker's office is calling "serious" statements by two former Ohio State wrestlers that Republican Rep. Jim Jordan hasn't been truthful when asserting he was unaware of allegations that a now-dead team doctor was abusing athletes.

Speaker Paul Ryan's spokesman issued a statement Tuesday in response to news reports that 1990s wrestling students Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha (duhn-YAH'-shuh) Yetts say Jordan knew at the time that doctor Richard Strauss was groping male wrestlers.

Doug Andres says the university has "rightfully initiated a full investigation into the matter" and the speaker will "await the findings of that inquiry."

Jordan's spokesman says the congressman never saw or heard about any abuse or had any abuse reported when he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State.

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1:43 p.m.

Two former wrestlers at Ohio State University say a congressman isn't being truthful when he says he wasn't aware of allegations that a team doctor was abusing athletes.

Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha (duhn-YAH'-shuh) Yetts both wrestled at the university in the 1990s. They say U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican who has expressed interest in running for House speaker, knew at the time that the doctor was groping male wrestlers.

The wrestlers' allegations were first reported Tuesday by NBC.

Male athletes from 14 sports at Ohio State have reported alleged sexual misconduct by Richard Strauss. Strauss died in 2005.

Jordan's spokesman says in a statement the congressman never saw or heard about any abuse or had any abuse reported when he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State.

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