Jon Tester of Montana, the senior Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSenate confirms Trump pick for USA ambassador to Germany Senate confirms Pompeo as Trump's new secretary of State Tester pushes back on Trump: "I am not political" MORE (Mont.), the top Democrat on the Veterans Affairs Committee who authorized the release of the summary, never questioned Jackson about the allegations before making them public.
But Jackson withdrew his nomination Thursday, in part because of a flood of allegations, including that he drank on duty and once crashed a government vehicle. Admiral Jackson is the kind of man that those in Montana would most respect and admire, and now, for no reason whatsoever, his reputation has been shattered.
The White House on Friday defended physician Ronny Jackson from attacks coming from the left, releasing records that dispute allegations of wrongdoing against him.
Jackson "regretfully" withdrew his name from contention on Thursday, calling the allegations "completely false and fabricated". Democratic Sen. Jon 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. In one case, a side-view mirror was clipped by a passing truck. The third case was an episode of road rage, Mr. Shah said, in which another person punched through a window on Dr. Jackson's auto. "You had President Bush giving him an A-plus report". Jackson is withdrawing from consideration as Veterans Affairs secretary.
On the "reckless" dispensing of drug prescriptions: The official said there are regular audits of the White House Medical Office by Walter Reed Medical Center. The reviews did recommend improvements to the medical unit's handling of controlled substances, but did not find misconduct.
Jackson was not found at fault in any of the accidents - and "he reported each of them to his supervisor immediately", officials told the Post. But White House officials said it would be inconceivable for serious damage to a government vehicle to escape notice and not be recorded.
The Secret Service statement went on to say, "Rear Admiral Jackson, in his role as the official White House Physician, has provided years of dedicated support to the men and women of the Secret Service, often miles from home and under hard travel conditions, in order to ensure our personnel are healthy and prepared to execute our critical mission".
Separately, the Secret Service said it has no evidence to support an allegation that its personnel intervened to prevent Jackson from disturbing former President Barack Obama during a foreign trip in 2015.
"A thorough review of internal documents related to all presidential foreign travel that occurred in 2015, in addition to interviews of personnel who were present during foreign travel that occurred during the same time frame, has resulted in no information that would indicate the allegation is accurate", the Secret Service said in a statement.
The Secret Service on Thursday separately denied that it intervened to prevent Jackson from drunkenly disturbing former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaJames Comey and his cronies have damaged the Federal Bureau of Investigation - how can we fix it? "These are false accusations".