Pentagon IG finds ex-Trump doctor Jackson made sexual comments, violated alcohol policy: CNN

Source: The Hill | March 2, 2021 | Tal Axelrod

The Department of Defense is preparing to release a blistering report detailing Rep. Ronny Jackson’s (R-Texas) time as the top White House physician during the Obama and Trump administrations.

According to the report from the Pentagon’s inspector general, a copy of which was obtained in advance by CNN, Jackson made “sexual and denigrating” comments about a female colleague, drank alcohol while on presidential trips in violation of protocol and took prescription-strength sleeping medication that made coworkers worried about the care he could provide.

The report is the culmination of an investigation that started in 2018.

It alleges that Jackson had a fiery temper, with interviewees telling the Pentagon watchdog that he would be heard “yelling, screaming, cursing, or belittling subordinates.”

He also was seen drinking on presidential trips, including one in 2014 to Manila during which he became apparently was intoxicated and made inappropriate remarks about a female colleague working under him. Similar remarks were allegedly heard on other trips as well. 

At least six interviewees told the inspector general that Jackson also took Ambien on long flights while he was on duty, leaving them concerned that he would be unable to provide care due to the drug’s ability to cause drowsiness and reduce alertness. 

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