Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) told CNN’s Ryan Nobles that he “believe[s] Matt Gaetz,” after The New York Times broke a story about the Justice Department investigating whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing.
But Jordan may not be the best judge of character, given that he supported and defended Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was credibly accused of sexual assault, during his confirmation process.
Jordan said on Fox News at the time that after meeting Kavanaugh at a wedding, he “found him to be an exceptional individual and the kind of guy we want on the court.”
In addition, Jordan has been accused by several former Ohio State University wrestlers of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse perpetrated by the team physician while he was an assistant wrestling coach in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Jordan has denied having knowledge of the abuse at the time.