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Trump pick for VA faces allegations over drug prescriptions, wreck

26 April, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Handing Out Pills, Getting Drunk: New Allegations Surface Against Trump's VA Pick

When asked about the findings Wednesday, Sanders did not directly address them but said Jackson had undergone four background checks since he started work as a White House doctor in 2006, including one conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation since Trump announced his nomination last month.

Sanders told reporters that Jackson had passed four background investigations, including a recent FBI investigation that is part of the vetting process for Cabinet nominees. Trump said he told Jackson Tuesday.

"The point of having confirmation hearings is to make sure that we have vetted someone who has been nominated to make sure they're appropriate to run an agency and sometimes allegations like these do come out at the last minute about their behavior in their previous roles", Mr. Coons, Delaware Democrat, said on CNN.

Jackson's confirmation hearing, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was indefinitely postponed.

"He's a very highly qualified, highly respected person in the military and in the medical community, and that's something that we strongly feel that veterans need in the VA", she said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Jackson to The New York Times, which first obtained the summary of the allegations.

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The case covers two congressional districts in the Lone Star State but mostly several state house districts. Attorneys for the voters echoed these concerns that the case was prematurely before the court.

Trump insisted he would stand behind his nominee, even as he suggested the political battle might not be worth it.

Trump caught many observers off guard when he picked Jackson to replace ousted VA Secretary David Shulkin.

"I know there's an experience problem because of lack of experience", Trump admitted Tuesday.

"I never wrecked a vehicle", he said Wednesday. His family, extraordinary success. To be abused by a bunch of politicians that aren't thinking nicely about our country? Shulkin complained that he was sacked, in part, for resisting that push. "But it's totally his - I would stand behind him - totally his decision".

Tester described reports to the Veterans" Affairs Committee that alleged that on overseas trips, Jackson would "go down the aisle way of the airplane and say, "All right, who wants to go to sleep?' And hand out the prescription drugs like they were candy. and put them to sleep and then give them the drugs to wake them back up again".

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