Jackson withdraws bid to be Veterans Affairs secretary


WASHINGTON (AP) — White House doctor Ronny Jackson has withdrawn his bid to be Veterans Affairs secretary.

The White House announced the news this morning.

This follows allegations that Jackson exhibited a pattern of recklessly prescribing drugs and drunken behavior, including crashing a government vehicle while intoxicated and doling out such a large supply of a prescription opioid that staffers panicked because they thought the drugs were missing, according to accusations compiled by Democratic staff on the committee considering his nomination as Veterans Affairs secretary.

The summary was based on conversations with 23 of Jackson’s current and former colleagues at the White House Medical Unit. It is the latest blow to his nomination to lead the government’s second-largest Cabinet agency.

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