Jordan complains about CNN reporters calling former staffers to ask questions

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanFreedom Caucus says it’s behind Jordan ‘100 percent’ Jordan not ruling out Speaker’s bid amid allegations McCarthy defends Jordan amid Ohio State abuse scandal MORE on Wednesday hit CNN for contacting his former staffers and interns while reporting on him as Jordan faces accusations that he ignored sexual abuse while working as an assistant college wrestling coach.

Jordan, a former chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, called the network “desperate” and “fake news” for seeking “dirt” on him.

The Hill has reached out to CNN for comment.

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Jordan is facing scrutiny after several former Ohio State University wrestlers came forward with claims that he knew of alleged sexual abuse by the team’s physician while he served as the assistant coach. Jordan has repeatedly denied the allegations.

The lawmaker has previously criticized CNN’s coverage of the allegations, slamming the network last week for having one of the former wrestlers on air multiple times in one day. Jordan claims that the wrestler, Mike DiSabato, has a “vendetta” against him and Ohio State.

More than a dozen of the teams’ former wrestlers have defended Jordan, as have six ex-Buckeye wrestling coaches.

Republican leaders have also come out in defense of the lawmaker since the allegations first emerged. President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-FBI lawyer won’t attend interview with House lawmakers: attorney Trump officials to release migrants with ankle monitors North Korea state media release photos of Kim at potato farm after Pompeo visit MORE said last week that he “100 percent” believes Jordan’s denials of the claims, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) have also backed Jordan.

“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,” Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFreedom Caucus says it’s behind Jordan ‘100 percent’ McCarthy defends Jordan amid Ohio State abuse scandal Wisconsin GOP Senate hopeful hit by ad highlighting Democratic past MORE (R-Wis.) told reporters on Wednesday.

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