During a heated exchange with GOP Rep. Jim Jordan (OH) on Sunday’s edition of State of the Union, CNN anchor Jake Tapper alluded to accusations that the congressman turned a blind eye to rampant sexual abuse while he was a coach at Ohio State University after Jordan made several “wild allegations against” former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
While discussing whether President Donald Trump improperly used the U.S. diplomatic relationship with Ukraine as leverage to push for an investigation of Joe Biden, Tapper challenged the Republican congressman for making the unsubstantiated accusations against the Bidens to deflect attention away from Trump’s troubles.
Jordan, a vocal defender of the president and member of ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, repeatedly claimed that Joe Biden demanded Ukraine fire its top prosecutor to make charges go away against his son Hunter. Tapper noted that there was no evidence supporting his claim before firing back at the Republican lawmaker.
“You’re suggesting that Biden called for the prosecutor to be fired to protect his son. That’s not what happened,” he told Jordan.
“I think that you came here and leveled a bunch of accusations and allegations about Hunter Biden,” Tapper said of Jordan’s claim.
Jordan then went after Tapper, claiming that he’s going out of his way to defend Biden’s son, saying, “It’s amazing the gymnastics you guys will go through to defend what…”
But Tapper interjected: “Sir, it’s not gymnastics. It’s facts.”
“And I would think somebody who’s been accused of things in the last year or two would be more sensitive about throwing out wild allegations against people.” Tapper shot back, pointing to allegations that Jordan faced last year that he was aware that a doctor at Ohio State University had sexually abused more than 150 male athletes. A report released earlier this year said there was no proof showing Jordan knew about sexual abuse allegations, reports USA Today.
Jake Tapper called out Jim Jordan for tossing around unfounded allegations about Hunter Biden — something you'd think Jordan would be more careful about given credible allegations about his role in an Ohio State sexual abuse scandal pic.twitter.com/rdVxtsrjIf
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 29, 2019