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Matt Gaetz says questions about Jim Jordan are ‘deliberate’ attempt to hurt probe of FBI conduct

Gaetz tosses out a conspiracy theory.
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)
Published Jul. 7, 2018
Updated Jul. 7, 2018

WASHINGTON -Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz offered a conspiracy theory why a top Republican House member is facing questions about a sex abuse investigation, saying it was a "deliberate attempt" to disrupt upcoming testimony from embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok.

At the same time, Gaetz defended Rep. Jim Jordan saying he can't prove what he is saying about not knowing about abuse allegations from Ohio State wrestlers.

Strzok has become a focus of House Republicans after special counsel Robert Mueller removed him from the Russia probe over questions of anti-Trump texts.

A number of former Ohio State wrestlers have said in recent days that Jordan, then an assistant coach, surely knew about the alleged sex abuse from a team doctor.

Gaetz isn't the only conservative suggesting a conspiracy. Jordan himself said on Fox News, "I think the timing is suspect when you think about how this whole story came together after the Rosenstein hearing and the speaker's race."

President Donald Trump has also dismissed questions about Jordan.

"Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I've met since I've been in Washington and I believe him 100 percent," Trump said Thursday.

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