Letter: Jordan, Nunes have much to answer for
To the editor:
So, truth seeks the light of day. Reps. Jim Jordan and Devin Nunes seem to have their own problems when it comes to truth.
Jordan lived in a bubble during his eight-year tenure as a wrestling coach at Ohio State and had no idea that 53 members of the wrestling team complained that they were being groped by disgraced Dr. Richard Strauss.
"I participated with Jimmy and the other wrestlers in locker-room talk about Strauss. We all did," wrestler Shawn Dailey told NBC News, referring to Jordan. "It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your pants down."
Dailey corroborated the account of one of those wrestlers, Dunyasha Yetts, who told NBC News that he had protested to Jordan and head coach Russ Hellickson after Strauss tried to pull down his wrestling shorts when Yetts went to see him for a thumb injury.
"It's not true," said Jordan, who was assistant wrestling coach at the university from 1986 to 1994. "I never knew about any type of abuse. If I did, I would have done something about it."
An assistant for eight years, and he knew nothing? Coaches know the tenor of the locker room and the sheer numbers (53) beg the questions, blind eye, deaf ear? According to the law, he should have spoken up, if for nothing else, the student athletes.
Nunes, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee with Jordan as minority leader of the House and sarcastically belittles impeachment witnesses and makes light of the process, also has a problem. He is cut from the same cloth as Trump. What were he and three aides doing in Vienna from Nov. 30 to Dec. 30 of last year at the cost to taxpayers of $60,000 or more? OMB records show a round-trip flight and expenses. Yet, he has the audacity to question the veracity of credible, decorated and respected members of the Intelligence Service.
Now, a Ukrainian-American, Lev Parnas, who worked with Trump attorney Rudolph Giuliani, says he wants to testify that the top Republican on the committee was helping them dig up dirt on Biden, too. That's the allegation now facing Rep. Nunes: that he was in on the very thing the House has launched an impeachment inquiry into.
Two Republican representatives embroiled in two separate incidents, which are both shady and unlawful in their own right, who know nothing about the incidents they are a party to. Yet they smear, harangue and dismiss those who come forward of their own volition to state the facts as they know them.
Trump is a stain on the people around him who compromise their truth, ethics, morals and beliefs to serve a man with little character, empathy or moral code.
Michael Whalen ,
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