'Serious allegations' postpone VA nomination

Posted April 27, 2018

"Dr. Jackson deserves a fair hearing and we are not going to write him off in any way before his hearing, and quite frankly neither should members of Congress", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Rachel Martin on NPR's Morning Edition Wednesday.

"It may not be an issue shortly", Inhofe said. It was the GOP chairman of the Veterans Committee, Johnny Isakson, who made a decision to postpone the hearing.

Jackson should withdraw his name from consideration.

"What does he need it for, to be abused by a bunch of politicians that aren't thinking nicely about our country?" he said of Jackson. "So, we'll see what happens", Trump said. "I don't want to put a man through - who's not a political person - I don't want to put a man through a process like this". It's too ugly and too disgusting.

Jackson, who had previously served as the White House physician for both President Obama and President Trump, has been accused of unprofessional behavior, excessive drinking, and mishandling prescription doses.

In a cable news interview Senator Jon Tester (D) of Montana and Ranking Member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, said two whistleblowers, a current and a former associate of Dr. Jackson disclosed concerns to the committee, and then others began to surface and report their concerns about Dr. Jackson's behaviors.

Pressed on the three areas of allegations, Tester said Jackson allegedly created "an environment where the staff felt like they needed to walk on eggshells".

It was during travel trips with The White House when Jackson was said to have been intoxicated on occasions.

Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, has said Jackson denied ever having a drink while on duty. Senate GOP fears tax cut sequel MORE (Ohio) separately told reporters earlier Tuesday that number of individuals contacting the committee about Jackson was in the double digits.

Jackson told reporters yesterday that he looks forward to answering the panel's questions but declined to address the substance.

"The president says, 'Oh yeah, I wouldn't move forward with it.' I mean, what does that say?"

Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Tester sent a letter to Trump on Tuesday requesting additional documentation related to Jackson's tenure as the president's doctor and his role leading the White House medical team.

Some might wonder if Jackson was intoxicated when he examined Trump and reported that the president could live to be 200 if was on a better diet, and said Trump weighed considerably less than he appears too. "No, there was not", he said before brushing off questions about whether he would withdraw.

White House officials were still scrambling to determine whether there was any truth to the claims on Tuesday, but in the meantime they released performance reviews in which President Obama praised Jackson. He specializes in emergency medicine and served with a battlefield surgical unit in Iraq. I really don't think, personally, he should do it. "It's totally his decision", Trump said.

Since Trump also noted that Democrats are being "obstructionists", and tied the Jackson process to the Mike Pompeo nomination, it's worth noting that Republicans control the confirmation process in the Senate.

Trump said the decision was up to Jackson, a U.S. Navy rear admiral who has worked as a presidential physician since the George W. Bush administration, about whether to continue as nominee.

But Trump also clearly offered an out to the nominee, saying during a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron that "if I were him. the fact is I wouldn't do it". Trump announced that he wanted Jackson to replace David Shulkin as VA secretary in a tweet last month, without even formally interviewing him first. Trump acknowledged on Tuesday that Jackson had an "experience problem". Shulkin complained that he was sacked, in part, for resisting that push.

"In the previous administration we were told stories where he was repeatedly drunk while on duty where his main job was to take care of the most powerful man in the world".