Jim Jordan
Jim Jordan

Edelman is advising Ohio State University on the sex abuse investigation linked to Richard Strauss, the deceased doctor of the school's wrestling team, according to a report in Politico.

Strauss died in 2005 from a reported suicide.

Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, who was assistant wrestling coach from 1987 to 1995, has become the public face of the scandal, though he has denied any knowledge of abuse by Strauss.

The Associated Press reported today that Jordan was interviewed by the law firm looking into the Strauss allegations and OSU’s response to complaints about the doctor.

Jordan, founder of the conservative Freedom Caucus and possible successor to House Speaker Paul Ryan, has received support from former coaches and wrestlers. Ryan also defended Jordan, calling him a “man of integrity.”

On July 10, the right-leaning firm Shirley & Banister Public Affairs released statements from former OSU athletes backing Jordan.

Fourteen male students from the wrestling squad and other sports teams have alleged abuse by Strauss. Two federal lawsuits have been filed.

Edelman has a long-relationship with OSU, having worked on transition issues and the 2014 scandal connected to its marching band.

The firm also represented Penn State following the Joe Paterno sex abuse scandal.