Reports on Jackson’s past could tank nomination

Jonathan Kaupanger
April 24, 2018 - 9:06 am

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The confirmation hearing for VA Secretary is on pause while Senators and their staff look into concerns about Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson’s past.

The ranking member of the committee for the democrats is said to be looking into reports of hostile work environments, excessive drinking on the job and improperly dispensing meds, according to CBS News.

“I can tell you we’re vetting out Jackson, I can’t go into specifics,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) said.  “We’re doing our job to make sure he’s fit for the job.”

It’s not just the democrats who are researching into Jackson’s history; CNN is reporting that the GOP side is looking at this seriously and that The White House has been made aware of the problems.  Politico is reporting that republicans might postpone the hearing.  That the hearing might be “pushed back pending a review of some of this stuff, said Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC).

Jackson is the President’s nominee to replace Dr. David Shulkin as head of Veterans Affairs.  CNN reported at the time of his nomination that President Trump was happy with Jackson’s performance during a press conference on the President’s health and fitness. 

Lawmakers from both parties were unsure about Jackson from the start and have questioned if he had the experience to run the second largest government agency.  “I’m not sure anyone can run the VA,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn.