President Donald Trump's nominee for Veterans Affairs secretary, Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, hit a roadblock after Senate lawmakers postponed his confirmation hearing amid multiple allegations stemming from his time as the White House physician.
Some of those allegations include claims of excessive drinking at work, creating a hostile work environment, and improperly dispensing medication. The claims come from "current or former White House medical staff," according to a CBS News report published Monday night.
Business Insider has not independently verified the claims. Neither the White House nor the Veterans Affairs department immediately responded to requests for comment.
"I can tell you we're vetting out Jackson," Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana told The Washington Post. "I can't get into specifics, but we're doing our job to make sure he's fit for the job."
But two unnamed sources reportedly confirmed to CBS News correspondents that committee members were reviewing allegations against Jackson.
Jackson, who was originally scheduled for a Wednesday hearing in front of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, has already been under fire from some lawmakers who expressed doubt over the White House physician's ability to lead the nation's second-largest agency.
Jackson, who served as the White House physician under George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and now Trump, was thrust into the spotlight after performing Trump's first physical as president, and later delivering an effusive report on Trump's health.
White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson speaks to reporters during the daily briefing in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.Getty Images/The Washington Post/Jabin Botsford
But despite being well-perceived in the White House, questions over his lack of sufficient management experience have clouded Jackson's nomination, which came shortly after the controversy surrounding the ouster of former VA secretary David Shulkin.
Shulkin was removed from his post in March after a series of scandals and rumors of infighting at the VA. He was the only Cabinet member unanimously confirmed by Congress.
It remains unclear whether Jackson's confirmation hearing will be rescheduled or scuttled completely, according to The Post.
"There's a need for very exacting and close scrutiny and vetting," Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said to The Post. "And some questions that need to be answered. I'm not going to comment on any of the specifics, except to say we're going to be doing very close and careful scrutiny."
The Marine lieutenant colonel removed from command of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in May was ousted over alleged "misconduct" but has not been charged with a crime, Task & Purpose has learned.
Lt. Col. Francisco Zavala, 42, who was removed from his post by the commanding general of 1st Marine Division on May 7, has since been reassigned to the command element of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, and a decision on whether he will be charged is "still pending," MEF spokeswoman 1st Lt. Virginia Burger told Task & Purpose last week.
"We are not aware of any ongoing or additional investigations of Lt. Col. Zavala at this time," MEF spokesman 2nd Lt. Brian Tuthill told Task & Purpose on Monday. "The command investigation was closed May 14 and the alleged misconduct concerns Articles 128 and 133 of the UCMJ," Tuthill added, mentioning offenses under military law that deal with assault and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman.
"There is a period of due process afforded the accused and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty," he said.
When asked for an explanation for the delay, MEF officials directed Task & Purpose to contact 1st Marine Division officials, who did not respond before deadline.
The investigation of Zavala, completed on May 3 and released to Task & Purpose in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, showed that he had allegedly acted inappropriately. The report also confirmed some details of his wife's account of alleged domestic violence that Task & Purpose first reported last month.
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