White House releases VA nominee's evaluations in attempt to prove his merit

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"I know there's an experience problem because of lack of experience", Trump told reporters yesterday, suggesting that no one would blame him for withdrawing, but also saying that he'll stand by him if he doesn't.

"I don't want to put a man through a process like this", Trump had said earlier when asked about Jackson's nomination during a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron. It's too ugly and too disgusting ...

Jackson, who had previously served as the White House physician for both President Obama and President Trump, has been accused of unprofessional behavior, excessive drinking, and mishandling prescription doses.

The VA nominee is responding after Senate Democrats released a summary of allegations against Jackson that includes claims he recklessly prescribed drugs, had his own private stock of controlled substances and got drunk and crashed a government auto. Panel member Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., told MSNBC Tuesday night that the White House had blocked him from viewing the Federal Bureau of Investigation background check conducted as part of the nomination process. Tester says what started as a standard vetting of Jackson's qualifications rapidly escalated into an "all hands-on deck" operation in the wake of those accusations.

"There's a lot of smoke there", Tester told All Things Considered about the as-yet-unsubstantiated allegations.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would not commit to Jackson's nomination moving even to a confirmation hearing. "I look forward to working with him".

The ranking Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee told CNN's Anderson Cooper Tuesday night that people in the White House used to refer to the president's personal physician, Adm.

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Digging in, the White House released handwritten reports from Trump and former President Barack Obama praising Jackson's leadership and medical care, and recommending him for promotion.

"He is a tremendous asset to the entire White House team", he wrote, adding that he should be promoted "now".

Some GOP senators argue that Democrats are slow-walking even those Trump nominees with a solid track record, including Mike Pompeo, who got votes from 14 Democrats and one aligned independent previous year during his confirmation for Central Intelligence Agency director.

"Adm. Jackson was the primary health care provider for the president", the Montana senator told Cooper.

In a section on Jackson's prescribing practices, the summary said that in one case, missing Percocet tabs threw members of the White House Medical Unit into a panic - but it turned out he had prescribed a "large supply" of the opioid to a White House Military Office staffer. The report by the Navy's Medical Inspector General found a lack of trust in the leadership and low morale among staff members.

It was during travel trips with The White House when Jackson was said to have been intoxicated on occasions.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that Jackson had passed "at least four independent background checks" that found "no areas of concern".