USA Today reports:
House Speaker Paul Ryan has weighed in on accusations that Republican Rep. Jim Jordan ignored allegations of sexual abuse while he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University decades ago. Through a spokesman, Ryan said the university was right to investigate the claims and that he would await the outcome of the review.
“These are serious allegations and issues,” Ryan spokesman Doug Andres said in an emailed statement. “The university has rightfully initiated a full investigation into the matter. The speaker will await the findings of that inquiry,” Andres said. Jordan has been floated as a possible replacement for Ryan, who is retiring this year.
President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday he believes Jordan “100 percent.” Jordan is close to the president and has been one of his key allies in Congress. Rep. Mark Meadows, who heads the conservative Freedom Caucus that Jordan co-founded, told USA TODAY he was confident the investigation would confirm what Jordan had said.