WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s nomination of his presidential physician, Ronny Jackson, to head the Veterans Affairs department ran into trouble on Tuesday when a Senate committee delayed his confirmation in light of “new information” it had received.
“We will continue looking into these serious allegations and have requested additional information from the White House to enable the committee to conduct a full review,” Republican Johnny Isakson, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Democrat Jon Tester, the panel’s ranking member, said in a joint statement.
The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, reported on Tuesday that the committee, which had planned to hold a nomination hearing on Wednesday, was examining allegations Jackson oversaw a hostile work environment as the White House physician and allowed the overprescribing of drugs.
Trump chose Jackson last month ago to replace David Shulkin at the VA after an official report found that Shulkin improperly accepted tickets to the Wimbledon tennis tournament and his chief of staff made false statements so Shulkin’s wife could travel at government expense.
But questions about Jackson’s level of experience to head a large bureaucracy have weighed on his nomination before allegations surfaced in the New York Times of improper conduct.
Reporting by Steve Holland, Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan; editing by Jonathan Oatis