Rep. Ronny Jackson has spoken out about allegations recently made against him. Jackson served as the White House doctor for 14 years under presidents Obama and Trump.
Earlier this week allegations surfaced that Jackson was intoxicated on the job and abused subordinates. Jackson now says that those allegations are “complete garbage.”
“I worked for three administrations, three presidents, and it’s just complete garbage,” Jackson stated while appearing on the Newsmax show “Spicer & Co.”
“This is nothing more of an effort from the left to take me down,” he added.
This week a report was released by the Pentagon’s inspector general. In that report, Jackson was accused of “saying sexually inappropriate comments to female staff, abusing subordinates, and being drunk while he was on the job.”
Jackson says that officials at the Pentagon sat on the allegations for three years. He adds that 24 hours after President Joe Biden was sworn in, he was informed that the investigation was finalized and that it would be released to the press.
Jackson claims that the allegations are from “disgruntled employees” and that the Pentagon’s report was a “political hit job.”
Jackson stated that he had a “high standard” for his employees, but denies allegations of any type of abuse or of making sexually inappropriate comments to anyone on his staff.
One of the women in the report accused Jackson of coming to her room intoxicated and telling her “I need you” during a trip back in 2014.
“I never treated any of my subordinates with disrespect. I have certainly never ever made any sexually inappropriate comments,” Jackson stated.
Jackson has also denied that he drank while on the job and adds that he was not drunk on the trip back in 2014.
“If any of this stuff were true, especially that type of stuff, I would have not been able to serve in the role that I was in and this would have come to light a long time ago,” Jackson said.
Both presidents Obama and Trump did give Jackson good reviews.
“I will not let it [the report] influence my attitude and my aggressiveness on the Hill,” Jackson added.
Jackson initially came under fire and closer scrutiny after being described as the “candy man” for “doling out pills” to White House staff, according to a Vanity Fair report from 2019.
CNN reports, “The findings outlined in the report, which was obtained by CNN prior to its expected release on Wednesday, stem from a years-long IG investigation into Jackson — who currently represents Texas in the House of Representatives — that was launched in 2018 and examines allegations that date back to his time serving during the Obama and Trump administration.”
Jackson defended himself in a statement, claiming that the CNN report “was politically motivated,” and added that he believes the inspector general “resurrected” previous allegations against him because he would not “turn my back on President (Donald) Trump.
The IG interviewed nearly 80 people at the Pentagon for the report, and was told that Jackson’s explosive temper and the hostile work environments he created were a threat and such reports of Jackson’s behavior were supported by an “overwhelming majority of witnesses who worked with RDML Jackson from 2012 through 2018 told us they personally experienced, saw, or heard about him yelling, screaming, cursing, or belittling subordinates.”
According to Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, former President Donald Trump and his wife Melania both received vaccination shots in January, before they left the White House, but decided to keep it a secret from the American public.
The Pentagon’s report can be viewed here.