Rep. Jim Jordan, an influential House conservative, denied claims Tuesday that he knew about alleged sexual abuse of wrestlers at Ohio State University three decades ago and failed to act. Jordan, R-Ohio, responded after two former OSU wrestlers told NBC News on the record that he must have known about abuse allegations against Richard Strauss, a former doctor in Ohio State's Athletics Department. Jordan served as assistant wrestling coach at the university from 1987 to 1995. "Congressman Jordan never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State," Ian Fury, a Jordan spokesman, said in a statement.
The Senate Intelligence Committee backed up conclusions from U.S. intelligence agencies that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election with the aim of helping President Donald Trump win, releasing an unclassified report that called the intelligence assessment solid. "The Committee has spent the last 16 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft and analytic work underpinning the Intelligence Community Assessment and sees no reason to dispute the conclusions," said a statement from Chairman Richard M. Burr, R-N.C. The committee's statement is not a surprise — Burr and the panel's Democratic vice chairman, Sen. Mark R. Warner of Virginia, have both made previous statements supporting the intelligence community's assessment. But the strong endorsement nonetheless marks a significant milestone in the continued debate over Russia's role in the 2016 campaign.
Peter Strzok, FBI deputy assistant director, will testify before two House committees July 10, the first time the embattled Justice Department official will speak in a public forum about his involvement in the 2016 investigations into possible ties between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, and Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server. Republicans in Congress have railed against Strzok for months after an extensive series of texts from 2016 between Strzok and his mistress, lawyer Lisa Page, emerged in which the FBI agent said "we'll stop" a Trump presidency.