Senate committee delays hearing for Trump VA pick


The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee has delayed the confirmation hearing for President TrumpDonald John TrumpRand’s reversal advances Pompeo New allegations could threaten Trump VA pick: reports President Trump puts on the pageantry for Macron’s visit MORE ‘s pick to run the Department of Veterans Affairs amid allegations of workplace misconduct.

Adm. Ronny Jackson was scheduled to have his confirmation hearing Wednesday. However, multiple reports in the last 24 hours have revealed concerns among senators over his fitness for the position.

The Washington Post first reported that the Senate would delay Jackson’s hearing in the face of unspecified allegations.

Staffers are reviewing allegations of a “hostile work environment,” CBS News reported, including “excessive drinking on the job [and] improperly dispensing meds.”

The White House stood by Jackson on Tuesday morning.

“Admiral Jackson’s record of strong, decisive leadership is exactly what’s needed at the VA to ensure our veterans receive the benefits they deserve,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

Committee members Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonRand’s reversal advances Pompeo Overnight Defense: Pompeo clears Senate panel, on track for confirmation | Retired officers oppose Haspel for CIA director | Iran, Syria on agenda for Macron visit Pompeo headed for confirmation after surprise panel vote MORE (R-Ga.) and Sen. John Tester (D-Mont.) said in a statement the hearing is postponed while they continue to investigate. However, neither member called on Trump to retract Jackson’s nomination.

Tester and Isakson sent a joint letter to the White House requesting more information about Jackson’s service in the White House Medical Unit and as physician to the president.

The senators asked specifically for communications involving allegations about Jackson from 2006 to the present.

When asked what information he was hoping to get, Isakson said, “The information we asked for.”

He added that he was doing his “job as chairman” and that he just wants the truth to get out.”

“Everything I’ve got to say has been said in the letter and the release,” Isakson said. “I’m doing my job as chairman. … I just want the truth to get out when it’s supposed to get out for the people that need to hear it and that’s the Committee.”

Isakson also said he was “sure” he would meet again with Jackson.

Jackson served as physician to three different presidents, including Trump.

Jordain Carney contributed. – Updated at 11:28 a.m.