I brought you the report of the possible delay of the confirmation hearing for President Trump’s pick to lead the Veterans Administration, Dr. Ronny Jackson, earlier today.
Democrats with the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee say that they have received multiple allegations of workplace misconduct by Jackson from current and former White House medical staff.
Those allegations included reports of a “hostile work environment,” excessive drinking on the job, and the improper dispensing of medications.
This is serious stuff, not to be taken lightly.
The confirmation hearing for Jackson was to take place on Wednesday of this week. Now, it appears that won’t be happening.
Given the severity of the allegations, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has decided to postpone the hearing, while they investigate the claims against Jackson.
What’s not clear, or at least, what nobody is saying, is if there were complaints made against Jackson in the preceding 5 years of his service as the White House physician.
Jackson came to the position in 2013, during Barack Obama’s presidency.
The White House is standing by Jackson, and the decision by President Trump to appoint him to the position once held by David Shulkin.
“Admiral Jackson’s record of strong, decisive leadership is exactly what’s needed at the VA to ensure our veterans receive the benefits they deserve,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.
Others are saying Jackson should be given an opportunity to defend himself.
This is true. He should, but right now, we’re not really sure what he’s defending himself against. Allegations have been made, but the investigation into those allegations has just kicked off. Let the senators do their part by sifting through what was dropped in their laps this past weekend. They’ll likely be speaking to Jackson soon and hearing his side.
There’s no new date for confirmation hearings set, at this time.