Source: Allegations Could 'Sink' Trump's VA Choice

Senators delay Ronny Jackson confirmation hearing
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2018 5:32 AM CDT
Updated Apr 24, 2018 6:52 AM CDT
In this Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 photo, President Trump shakes hands with White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson as he boards Marine One to leave Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda,...   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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(Newser) – Democrats say they are discussing some "raw allegations" against Ronny Jackson, President Trump's nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs—but they're not saying exactly what those allegations involve. "All I can really tell you at this moment is we are continuing the vetting process," Sen. Jon Tester, the senior Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, told CNN after a meeting Monday. "We are working very hard at it. It's all hands on deck." Sources tell CBS that current and former employees accuse the White House physician of misconduct including "excessive drinking on the job" and "improperly dispensing meds."

If the allegations are true, "it'll sink his nomination," one source says. Senators said Monday that Jackson's confirmation hearing, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed, with no new date set. The Washington Post reports that lawmakers from both parties had concerns about Jackson's experience and qualifications. The Navy rear admiral has served three administrations as White House doctor, but critics say he lacks the managerial experience to head an agency with 360,000 employees. (After Trump fired former VA secretary David Shulkin last month, Shulkin said the president saw him as an "obstacle to privatization.")

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