On the "reckless" dispensing of drug prescriptions: The official said there are regular audits of the White House Medical Office by Walter Reed Medical Center.
Separately, the U.S. Secret Service said it had no records to back allegations that its personnel intervened to stop Jackson from disturbing former President Barack Obama during a foreign trip in 2015. He also praised Jackson, who has worked as a White House physician for 12 years, as an "American hero" for exposing what he described as maliciousness in Washington. But White House officials said it would be inconceivable for serious damage to a government vehicle to escape notice and not be recorded.
But some Democratic lawmakers questioned his merits in light of the allegations.
"I would hope the White House would closely consider whether he is the best person to provide medical care for the president", said Democratic Sen. Jackson is withdrawing from consideration as Veterans Affairs secretary.
While Jackson will not become the next VA secretary, he will continue his service as President Trump's physician. That nomination remains pending with the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Johnny Isakson, said he respected Jackson's decision and "will work with the administration to see to it we get a VA secretary for our veterans and their families". His previous nominees for labor secretary, Army secretary and Navy secretary all withdrew a year ago after questions arose during their vetting process. Those opposed to that plan fear it will undermine efforts to address the many challenges the Veterans Affairs Department faces.
He rose to prominence in January, after delivering a glowing assessment of Trump's health. "If they are true then there are much larger issues with the White House military office and the security clearance process". In addition to loosely prescribing pain medication, he was accused of writing prescriptions for himself, repeatedly getting drunk at work, creating a "toxic" work environment for his employees, and allegedly crashing a government vehicle while intoxicated. The GSA would have records on all government vehicles.
On Friday, Mr. Shah echoed earlier comments by Mr. Trump criticizing Mr. Tester - and the news media - for distributing anonymous accusations about the doctor. He said they came from almost two dozen current and former military service members who'd worked with Jackson. "It is my Constitutional responsibility to make sure the veterans of this nation get a strong, thoroughly vetted leader who will fight for them".
Jackson withdrew his name from consideration for the nomination Thursday before his position on Choice could be explored. "The false accusations that were made about him by Sen".