A bombshell NBC News story details allegations by several former Ohio State wrestlers accusing then assistant coach Jim Jordan, now a powerful Republican U.S. Congressman, of repeatedly ignoring reports that the team doctor was sexually molesting or abusing team members.
Calls are mounting for Rep. Jordan, who heads the far right wing House Freedom Caucus and is expected to run for Speaker, to resign.
As if the story wasn’t stunning enough, NBC updated its original reporting. It now includes the allegation that over the years the doctor, Richard Strauss, abused possibly thousands of students.
“Based on testimony from victim athletes from each of the aforementioned varsity sports, we estimate that Strauss sexually assaulted and/or raped a minimum of 1,500/2,000 athletes at OSU from 1978 through 1998,” NBC’s story states. The comment comes from Mike DiSabato, one of the wrestlers who says he was among those abused. He now runs a Columbus-based sports and entertainment agency. DiSabato adds that Rep. Jordan was told about the abuse, and is lying about claiming to have been unaware.
Jordan was the Ohio State’s assistant wrestling coach from 1987-1995. Dr. Strauss was the team physician from the 1970’s through to the late 1990’s. Jordan’s congressional spokesperson issued a strong denial, but Jordan has not personally commented yet.
Also not commenting are any Republican members of Congress, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. It’s likely many are hoping the scandal will blow over, given the Fourth of July holiday.
But many are not ignoring the disturbing allegations by at least three of Jordan’s former wrestlers, and many are calling for the outspoken and conspiracy-throrist GOP congressman to resign.
Among them, veteran journalist Michelangelo Signorile, who is a host on SiriusXM Progress and the editor-at-large for HuffPost Queer Voices.
“Time for him to resign,” Signorile tweeted early Tuesday afternoon. He also makes the connection to Wes Goodman, a disgraced Ohio state lawmaker, who was forced to resign after more than two dozen men came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment. Goodman, Signorile notes, worked for Jordan.
Here’s the story on Wes Goodman, who was being groomed for Congress, closeted self-loathing GOPer who was caught having sex with man in his office, then came harassment allegations. Everyone apparently knew for years — and he worked for Jim Jordan.https://t.co/ffkKhJ1xme
— Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) July 3, 2018
Many others want Jordan to resign for ignoring, according to the accusations, the reports of sexual abuse, for years.
Secure the border?!? You couldn’t even secure the safety of the students you coached when you knew they were being molested by your colleague. Shame on you. You need to resign.
— Jen Andrade (@Jandrade1970) July 3, 2018
How long will it take for Republicans to call on Rep Jim Jordan to resign? He allegedly knew wrestlers at Ohio State were being molested when he was a coach there, yet he took no action and let it happen. Same guy who leads attacks for Trump on FBI and Mueller. #JimJordanResign
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 3, 2018
Jim Jordan needs to resign immediately. He’s a sexual molestation and rape enabler.
— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) July 3, 2018
Jordan also defended Roy Moore and allegedly protected a staffer accused of abuse. He must resign.
— Jason Britt (@JasonABritt) July 3, 2018
Rep. Jim Jordan, who allegedly covered up sexual abuse when he worked at Ohio State, must immediately resign from Congress. He must also be criminally investigated. He’s a Republican, but I’d say the same if he were a Democrat. This is far bigger than politics.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) July 3, 2018
Rep. Jim Jordan needs to resign. https://t.co/wK9j4gHPyP
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) July 3, 2018
In the name of Sexual Abuse, I demand Congressman Jim Jordan resign immediately.
Please add your name to the list by responding and Retweet! @jim_jordan
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) July 3, 2018
We already know that Jim Jordan is using his congressional authority to attack the DOJ in an effort to bury the truth about Trump’s ties to Russia. Now he’s accused of burying the truth about sexual abuse. Reprehensible. Shameful. He has no place in Congress. He should resign. https://t.co/5oSDyKEL1F
— Stand Up America (@StandUpAmerica) July 3, 2018
Another Joe Paterno. Jordan should resign like all the Penn State bystanders were forced to.
— Andy Rosenthal (@RosenthalAndy) July 3, 2018
In a period where sexual assault is at an all time high, it is despicable that Congressman Jim Jordan would ignore the fact that wrestlers were being molested by the coach at The Ohio State University. Jim Jordan needs to resign immediately. pic.twitter.com/e1jzIDVidV
— Dominic Lyon (@dominic_lyon) July 3, 2018
Incredible. This guy @Jim_Jordan has spent the last year dragging FBI officials into House hearings and screaming at them for not giving Congress enough information…and now he’s accused of not reporting a child molester to school administrators. https://t.co/RpYWbyBMbu
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) July 3, 2018
— ElizabethCMcLaughlin (@ECMcLaughlin) July 3, 2018
— C Jordan (@Yeti2308) July 3, 2018
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Gaetz Praises GOP Congressman Who Echoes His Call for Change ‘Through Force’
U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL). largely seen as pushing Speaker Kevin McCarthy‘s Republican-majority House of Representatives toward shutting down the federal government, is praising and promoting remarks made by a freshman GOP lawmaker that appear to suggest the use of violence. U.S. Rep. Eli Crane‘s comments, posted Friday (below), call for change “through force,” remarks echoing Congressman Gaetz’s recent comments which were denounced by an expert on authoritarianism as fascistic.
“The only way we’re going to see meaningful change in this town is through force,” wrote Congressman Crane, Republican of Arizona atop a three-minute video in which he frames what is now an almost guaranteed government shutdown as a “spending fight.” In his video he says, “the only way you’re gonna get any change in this town is through force.” Gaetz in August had said, “we know that only through force do we make any change in a corrupt town like Washington, D.C.”
Congressman Crane is a former Navy SEAL. He has promoted the false “Big Lie” conspiracy theory that there was massive fraud in the election President Joe Biden won, and called “on the state legislature to decertify the 2020 election.” He is one of six House Republicans who voted against McCarthy’s speakership all 15 times in January.
“Congressman Eli Crane is a fountainhead of political courage,” said Rep. Gaetz Friday afternoon. “He holds the line.”
Crane recently came under fire for calling Black people “colored,” during debate on his legislation that would force the U.S. Armed Forces to not use any diversity requirements in its hiring practices.
Just days before he won his House seat last year, The Washington Post reported Crane had urged an “audience to look up an antisemitic sermon at a recent campaign stop.”
“Crane said that he was motivated to run because of ‘radical ideologies that are destroying this country’ and that he was most concerned about ‘Cultural Marxism,’ which the Southern Poverty Law Center has described as an antisemitic baseless claim gaining traction on the American right.”
“He encouraged the audience to watch a speech by a right-wing pastor who blamed cultural change on a group of German Jewish philosophers and condemned Barack Obama for having a ‘homosexual agenda.'”
“If we don’t wake up,” Crane said, according to the Post, “if we don’t study what they’re doing, and if we don’t put people in influential positions that understand what this war is all about, what they’re trying to do and have and have the courage to call it out, we’re going to lose this country.”
In August, while standing next to Donald Trump at a campaign rally, Congressman Gaetz said, “Mr. President, I cannot stand these people that are destroying our country. They are opening our borders. They are weaponizing our federal law enforcement against patriotic Americans who love this nation as we should.”
“But we know that only through force do we make any change in a corrupt town like Washington, D.C. And so to all my friends here in Iowa, when you see them come for this man, know that they are coming for our movement and they are coming for all of us.”
At the time, Raw Story reported, “historian and author Ruth Ben-Ghiat called Gaetz comments alarming.”
“What he is saying is that they are not going to have change through elections or through legislation or through reform. They are going to have change through violence,” she warned.
“And that’s how fascists talk,” Ben-Ghiat added. “So, even if Trump is out of the picture, these are people who have adopted methods very familiar to me as a historian of fascism, that violence and corruption and lying that’s what the party is today.”
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‘Corruption of the Highest Order’: Experts ‘Sickened’ at ‘Definitely Bought’ Clarence Thomas and His ‘Pay to Play’ Lifestyle
Legal and political experts are expressing outrage and disgust after ProPublica’s latest investigation into the alleged unethical and unlawful actions of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, with some demanding his resignation and others calling it “corruption of the highest level,” “Pay. To. Play.,” and one simply saying, “This sickens me.”
“Is Clarence Thomas the most corrupt Supreme Court justice in our history? One of the most corrupt senior officials in our history? There is no doubt any more,” writes David Rothkopf, the foreign policy, national security and political affairs analyst and commentator.
ProPublica is the nonprofit journalism organization that has exposed multiple instances of what experts have said is Justice Thomas’ corruption, abuse of ethics, contributions to the destruction of the high court’s reputation, and actual violations of federal law. Justice Thomas has either not commented or denied any wrongdoing.
“Clarence Thomas Secretly Participated in Koch Network Donor Events,” is the headline on Friday’s installment from ProPublica, which reveals: “Thomas has attended at least two Koch donor summits, putting him in the extraordinary position of having helped a political network that has brought multiple cases before the Supreme Court.”
The Koch network is a right-wing group of political organizations founded by “the Koch Brothers,” Charles and his late brother David.
“One of the Koch network’s most powerful allies,” is how ProPublica’s latest, lengthy investigation describes Justice Thomas The report begins with his arrival in Palm Springs International Airport to attend a “long weekend” that for Koch network members and supporters would include “strategizing, relaxation in the California sun and high-dollar fundraising.”
“The justice was brought in to speak, staffers said, in the hopes that such access would encourage donors to continue giving.”
“That puts Thomas in the extraordinary position of having served as a fundraising draw for a network that has brought cases before the Supreme Court, including one of the most closely watched of the upcoming term.”
That case, ProPublica reports, is one that could greatly benefit Koch and America’s ultra-wealthy.
“The Koch network is among the largest and most influential political organizations of the last half century, and it’s underwritten a far-reaching campaign to influence the course of American law. In a case the Supreme Court will hear this coming term, the justices could give the network a historic victory: limiting federal agencies’ power to issue regulations in areas ranging from the environment to labor rights to consumer protection. After shepherding the case to the court, Koch network staff attorneys are now asking the justices to overturn a decades-old precedent. (Thomas used to support the precedent but flipped his position in recent years.)”
As with most of ProPublica’s investigations, this report includes both allegations of illegal actions and unethical behaviors.
Experts are voicing concern.
“Clarence Thomas might not be the finest Justice money can buy, but he’s definitely bought,” charges Moe Davis, the well-known retired U.S. Air Force colonel, attorney, educator, politician, and former administrative law judge.
Former federal prosecutor and legal commentator Mimi Rocah, who is now the elected District Attorney for Westchester County, New York expressed disgust.
“As a public servant who sacrifices donor $ (I don’t take donations from elected officials, PBAs, or attorneys with cases before my office), b/c I believe the justice system should be free from even the appearance of political influence, this sickens me.”
“Thomas and his billionaire pals have trashed the court’s reputation,” observed author Mark Jacob, a former Chicago Tribune editor.
“Corruption of the highest order,” is how Heather Cox Richardson, the well-known historian, author and professor of history described Justice Thomas’ alleged actions. “Personally, I’d go right to resign. It’s long overdue. And I’d revisit the cases he’s decided—including Citizens United and Shelby v Holder, which together handed our democracy to the rich—while we’re at it.”
“Does Justice go better with Koch?” mocked Jane Mayer, the award-winning author and investigative reporter at The New Yorker. “Clarence Thomas will judge a momentous case this term affecting all federal regulations after secretly partying for years with involved polluters.”
Journalist and conspiracy theory expert Mike Rothschild wrote: “Clarence Thomas hanging out with the Kochs and Harlan Crow at Bohemian Grove. No human sacrifice, no devil worship, just some old rich dudes scheming to take rights away from the rest of us. The conspiracy is in plain sight, and it doesn’t bother hiding.”
New York Times bestselling author, legal expert and senior editor at Slate, Dahlia Lithwick summed it up: “Pay. To. Play.”
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According Scarborough, a former Republican who served in the U.S. House of Representatives, the panic in some Democratic quarters over Harris is “total nonsense.”
“Well, there is this undercurrent, like she’s black and a woman, and that’s why people don’t like her because she’s a vice president. ‘What are we going to do? We need to change her.!” the aggravated “Morning Joe” host began. “I just go, where were you when Dan Quayle was vice president? Where were you? Nobody remembers this.”
“Every vice president, we hear this all the time: ‘Change your vice presidents,'” he continued. “I’m here to say, it’s total nonsense. Nobody has ever voted against any presidential candidate because of who their vice president was.”
“If you look at Kamala’s numbers, they’re not that far off from where every other mocked and ridiculed and loathed vice president has been,” he concluded.
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