WASHINGTON – the Pentagon inspector general has an investigation of the Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the White House doctor, whose nomination to head the Department of Veterans Affairs derailed by allegations of misconduct, officials said Monday.
A spokesman for the IG’s office, Bruce Anderson, announced the probe but said he could not comment on the specific allegations.
Jackson denied the allegations, which were visible during the short period of his appointment, was studied by the Senate. After being nominated, he stepped aside from leading President Donald Trump is medical care, but he remains a member of the White House medical unit. He is with the White House unit since 2006.
Jackson pulled up his appointment in April after allegations by current and former colleagues, the questions about his prescribing practices and leadership ability, including unsubstantiated accusations of drunkenness at work.
The allegations were referred to the Pentagon’s inspector general for the evaluation. After an initial assessment and review, the IG’s office decided to open a formal investigation was warranted, Anderson said.
In March, Trump nominated Jackson for promotion to the rank of two-star admiral. Some members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which would vote on a promotion, had called for a Pentagon inspector-general for research.
Trump has called Jackson a “great man (who) got treated very, very unfair” after the FA nomination.