Handing Out Pills, Getting Drunk: New Allegations Surface Against Trump's VA Pick

'All right, who wants to go to sleep?': How 'Candy Man' Dr. Ronny Jackson walked jet aisles on overseas trips dispensing Ambien to weary travelers – and Provigil to pick them up

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee said it would postpone indefinitely Jackson's hearing to give it more time to sort through the allegations.

One administration official said the White House plans to mobilize people who have worked with Dr. Jackson, .

President Trump says he still supports his White House physician, but left the door open for Jackson to withdraw his nomination. "It's too ugly and disgusting".

Sanders said Jackson had undergone four different background investigations, including an FBI check, and had received glowing recommendations from his superiors, including former President Barack Obama.

Jackson is President Donald Trump's top pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, after he recently fired former Secretary David Shulkin.

Jackson, 50, has served as the White House physician since 2006.


Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said the administration had failed to "adequately vet" Jackson - and that the episode illustrated why his party had slow-walked nominations from the Trump administration, much to the consternation of the White House. Jon Tester (Mont.), has claimed on TV that Jackson was known as the "candy man" inside the White House - a nickname that, if reported without additional sourcing and context, could imply that Jackson stands accused of passing out opioids, which he does not. Trump does not appear to have consulted the senators on the Senate Committee for Veterans Affairs, as has historically been done.

"The nominee deserves the chance to be heard", Isakson told reporters Wednesday morning. Jon Tester, the ranking Democrat on the committee, made a decision to delay Jackson's hearing.

But within hours, the AP highlighted a 2012 report that said Jackson exhibited "unprofessional behavior" (though it did not mention allegations of drunkenness or improper drug prescribing). Tester said that no meeting with Jackson has been scheduled. Tester and other lawmakers have sought a copy of any inspector general reports concerning the doctor.

The White Home was standing by the nomination of Jackson earlier Tuesday, however senior aides concede privately that there's a likelihood the nomination goes down.

Meanwhile, Baldwin said is seeking reelection, and she has seen out-of-state billionaires "pouring money into Wisconsin, being active on television and on radio with attack ads against me". It found staffers suffering from low morale after Jackson, a captain at the time, and another White House physician, Capt. Jeffrey Kuhlman.

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