The White House pushed back on reports that White House physician Ronny Jackson would not be returning to his role after a string of reports about his conduct led him to withdraw from consideration to head up the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Accusations were compiled by 23 current and former colleagues of Jackson's. Tester's office collected the allegations, which included a claim that Jackson "got drunk and wrecked a government vehicle" at a Secret Service going-away party.
The White House said Friday, one day after Jackson withdrew his nomination, that internal records raise doubt about some of the most serious accusations. The Secret Service disputed the allegations of door-banging and the White House, according to the Washington Post, said officials reviewed Jackson's vehicle records and found "three minor incidents" but "no evidence" that Jackson had wrecked a auto. When Donald Trump nominated him to run the VA - a odd choice, to be sure - suddenly Ronny Jackson was a boozing, pill-tossing danger to everyone, especially behind the wheel of Secret Service vehicles. The President kept up the attack at a rally in Michigan Saturday night, saying, "I know things about Tester that I could say, too".
Trump said people in Montana, a state he won by 20 percentage points in 2016, "will not stand for this kind of slander".
It was unclear if Dr. Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, would remain in the White House in any capacity or if he would retire from the military.
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Jackson's record was "impeccable", and said he had passed multiple background checks, including one conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The White House says the records disprove the allegations.
His promotion is still pending, and senators have indicated that they will scrutinize it in light of recent claims that he oversaw a hostile work environment, loosely distributed prescription medications and drank while on official White House travel.
CNN had reported allegations that Jackson drunkenly banged on the hotel room door of a female employee and that Secret Service personnel intervened out of concern that he would wake Obama.
Jon Tester Tries To Move Past Ronny Jackson Controversy The ad doesn't reference the Jackson controversy, but Tester's political consultants must know portraying the Senator as a longtime veterans advocate could help inoculate him from charges of politicizing the Jackson nomination.