- By Jack Torry Washington Bureau
Rep. Jim Jordan of Urbana, the conservative Republican who plans to run for speaker of the U.S. House, is scheduled to campaign Saturday in Florida for Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is among a group of conservatives — including Jordan — who signed a resolution urging Congress to impeach Rod Rosenstein, the deputy U.S. attorney general who has supervised the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Mueller, the former FBI director, is investigating whether Trump presidential campaign officials were involved with Russian intelligence officials in trying to damage the 2016 presidential campaign of Democrat Hillary Clinton. Gaetz, one of the most conservative members of Congress, has referred to the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt.”
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Jordan, Gaetz and Florida Republican congressman Ron DeSantis will appear together Saturday during three stops in the Florida panhandle. DeSantis is seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination in this month’s Florida primary.
Gaetz was sharply criticized when he invited a Holocaust-denier to the State-of-the-Union address this year. Gaetz told the Daily Beast and Pensacola News Journal he had an extra ticket at the office and was unaware of the man’s background.
In a text message to the News Journal, Gaetz said, “I obviously don’t agree with some of the things he has said, many of which I’ve only learned of today.”
Jordan has been embroiled in a controversy over accusations that a team physician at Ohio State sexually abused members of the wrestling team when Jordan was an assistant coach. As many as five former wrestlers have said Jordan was aware of the complaints about the team doctor, a charge Jordan has denied.