Texas congressman Louie Gohmert (middle) has personally vouched for fellow Republican representative Jim Jordan (left), who is facing allegations that he knew of player abuse when he was a wrestling coach at Ohio State University.
In a press release, Gohmert defends Jordan, attacks the accusers, and basically accuses a law firm of facilitating it all to take down Jordan. He also seems to suggest that because the wrestlers were adults at the time Jordan wouldn't have been responsible for their safety.
He closes the statement with, "I personally vouch for the integrity of Jim Jordan." Vouching for someone's integrity is to certify, guarantee they are telling truth. By doing this, he has attached his name and his future to Jordan's, which means if it turns out that Jordan is lying, whatever professional consequences Jordan faces, he should face as well; like, if Jordan resigns, Gohmert should as well.
Here is the full statement from his official website:
“Jim Jordan is a fine and decent person who has a lifetime history of being honorable and honest, unlike his accusers whose extremely troubled backgrounds and ongoing legal and financial troubles place the veracity of their allegations into the realm of ridiculous.
Unlike the Olympians who were minor children at the time they were abused, these former wrestlers were adults at the time they claim they were sexually abused by the Ohio State team doctor. Note that they do not claim they reported specific abuse to Jim Jordan or to anyone else. To the contrary, they specifically state they did not tell Jordan but instead say he should have known because there was talk around the locker room.
They waited over 20 years to make these allegations with the willing and very expensive assistance of Perkins Coie, a Washington, DC-based dirty tricks law firm. Perkins Coie boasts a client roster that includes the DNC, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and several Democrat Members of Congress. They were recently paid by Hillary Clinton and the DNC as a pass-through entity to hire Fusion GPS to concoct the salacious and unverified Russian dossier at the heart of the Clinton team’s attempted take-down of President Trump.
That doesn’t pass the smell test, but there’s even more. The doctor they are accusing of these acts committed suicide 13 years ago, so this isn’t even about prosecuting him. It is not about “preventing others from being abused” by this dead man.
This has every appearance of greed trying to gain twice from the same smear. First, trying to finally have a successful law suit against Ohio State University after failed previous claims. Second, whatever payments were received for trying to destroy President Trump may be available to destroy other high-achieving Republicans, like Jim Jordan. Given the inclusion of Perkins Coie in the mix, the likelihood increases that money has already changed hands to purchase a drive-by character assassination of beloved conservative Republican Congressman Jim Jordan. I personally vouch for the integrity of Jim Jordan. There seems to be an absence of people vouching for the upstanding character of his accusers.”
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