Ohio’s blustery far-right Rep. Jim Jordan has made a name for himself with a shirt-sleeved, confrontational persona. His recent attack on Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein was a classic case of Jordan, along with his fellow Freedom Caucus travelers, ginning up largely baseless, conspiratorial controversy in order to sabotage Independent Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump administration.
That, of course, is how the congressional GOP rolls these days. But Jordan’s now got a bigger problem than running interference for Trump. Recent accusations by roughly a half-dozen former Ohio State University wrestlers that Jordan turned a blind eye to allegations of sexual abuse by a team doctor while serving as an assistant coach have put him on the defensive. His response — that he’s the victim of a left-wing political smear campaign — is more or less predictable in light of his political style. Still, there need to be some answers.