His nomination in peril, Jackson fights for VA post

White House physician Ronny Jackson speaks to reporters during a White House briefing in Jnauary

The White House on Tuesday evening released multiple hard-copy evaluations and inspector general reports about Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, in an attempt to vindicate him after allegations emerged about his professional conduct.

New details about the alleged conduct of White House physician Ronny Jackson emerged on Tuesday night, almost 24 hours after the first public allegations against him came to light. including a claim that he banged on the hotel-room door of a female employee while intoxicated. His confirmation hearing has been "suspended indefinitely" upon further investigation.

Later Tuesday, Tester said in an NPR interview that the committee had heard complaints from more than 20 current and former military members that Jackson had improperly given drugs, had become intoxicated on professional trips and belittled staff members.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal says some Republicans have told him that they think the hearing should be postponed, which he says deserves consideration.

During the span between Trump appearing to signal he would prefer to find a new VA nominee and the start of the White House's attempts to punch out of the corner, a 2012 inspector general report surfaced that, in part, recommended removing Jackson and another Navy officer from the White House Medical Unit.

"We were told time and time again the people above him he treated like gold, the people below him, he belittled, screamed at them, really created a very toxic environment to the point where the people who worked around him felt like they had to walk on eggshells because of his lack of respect for his job", Tester said. Others present in the meeting included White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, an administration official said. Jackson earlier Tuesday and the VA nominee had denied to him the accusations, including drinking on the job. Two senior officials told the Post that Jackson's nomination had been handled "disastrously". "He is a tremendous asset to the entire White House team".

"The staff characterized the working environment as being caught between parents going through a bitter divorce with one parent undermining and talking bad about the other", according to a report of the findings.

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Not long after Trump pulled the plug on Jackson's nomination, the White House plugged it back in.

And while the White House put on a full-scale defense of Jackson, spokesman Raj Shah said aides are "of course" preparing for the possibility that he might withdraw. But I said what do you need it for?

Reports also alleged that the doctor would hand out pills like Provigil to wake them up, a prescriptive drug usually given to those with narcolepsy or sleep disorders.

The president said he did not want to force someone "who's not a political person" through a tough confirmation process. If he doesn't the White House should.

At the VA, the stakes are especially high: It's the federal government's second largest agency, tasked with providing health care services to 9 million veterans, and which has been plagued with massive problems for decades.

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.

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