U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan is facing some suspiciously timed accusations of knowing about sexual abuse at a college where he coached but allegedly remained silent.
Jordan, 54, meanwhile, is also expected to campaign for House Speaker as the Freedom Caucus-backed alternative to more moderate GOP leaders.
Jordan is known on Capitol Hill as one who's not afraid to mix it up with his political enemies, such as sparring recently with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during a tense committee hearing.
"I want to know why you won't give us what we've asked for," Jordan lectured the controversial official.
"That is not accurate, sir," Rosenstein replied.
"It is accurate," Jordan countered. "We have caught you hiding."
But it's a little harder to fight a battle that demands you prove what you did not know and when you did not know it. That's what Jordan is up against after former wrestlers from Ohio State University accused him of knowing about sexual abuse by a team doctor in the 1990s but failing to report it. Jordan is denying the claims he ignored the abuse.
Something about the accusation does not add up, says radio talk show host Sandy Rios, who has defended Jordan on her American Family Radio morning show.
"They don't accuse the head coach. They accuse Jim Jordan, the assistant coach," she cautions. "And the accusation is not that he knew, it's that he must have known."
The accusations against Jordan are revealing the "Deep State's" power, and its fears, on Capitol Hill, says Ohio resident Tom Zawistowski, executive director of the Portage County Tea Party.
Jordan remains a long shot to be Speaker of the House, he says, so this attack is aimed at hurting the congressman politically after his dogged pursuit of accountability at the Justice Department and the FBI.
"I think this is more about the investigations that are going on in the House," Zawistowski says. "I think that they were scared by his questions he asked Rosenstein and Wray, and I think the Deep State is behind this."
Rios, meanwhile, agrees that the Deep State is behind this but says Jordan could be the next Speaker.
"The group behind bringing this investigation against Jim Jordan is none other than Perkins Coie, which is the law firm that represents Mrs. Clinton, the law firm that represented the DNC," Rios tells OneNewsNow. "It's also the law firm that paid for the phony Russian dossier against President Trump."
Why now, she asks, after 20 years, just when Jordan is being considered to replace Paul Ryan?
"I think it tells us that Congressman Jordan is in such a strong position to be the new Speaker of the House," she says, "that's why they must stop him."
Editor's Note: American Family Radio is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.