Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, accused CNN of attempting to dig up “dirt” on his time as assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University, which is currently under independent investigation over whether the school knew about allegations of sexual abuse of its students.
“Now @CNN is contacting all 100+ of our former staff and interns asking for dirt on me,” Jordan wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “Getting desperate! How can you ever trust such #fakenews?”
He didn’t offer any evidence for the claim or further explanation on what he meant.
Several former wrestlers at Ohio State have claimed that Jordan knew about Dr. Richard Strauss, who previously treated school athletes, and inappropriate behavior he allegedly engaged in during his tenure.
Jordan, who was an assistant wrestling coach in the late 1980s into the early 1990s, has denied the claims and has suggested they may be part of a political effort to tarnish his reputation as he has aggressively questioned the Department of Justice’s conduct in its investigation of President Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Strauss committed suicide in 2005, though scores of former athletes at the school have come forward to accuse him of sexual abuse.
The investigation at Ohio State began in April and is being led by the law firm Perkins Coie.