As Ronny Jackson faces allegations of impropriety, President Trump’s pick for Veterans Affair head is reportedly considering pulling his name from consideration.
Jackson, the longtime White House physician who was nominated to replace fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, faces a two-page list of accusations, including claims that he “wrecked” a government vehicle after getting drunk at a going away party, wrote himself Percocet prescriptions and provided a White House military staffer with a “large supply” of the opioid.
Democratic Senate staffers compiled the lengthy list on the so-called Candyman and separated accusations into three categories: prescription drug abuse, drunkenness and hostile workplace practices.
While aides scrambled to properly vet the 50-year-old physician and rear admiral, his Senate Committee hearing, scheduled for Wednesday, was postponed.
Jackson, who denied the claims, may make a decision about his future as early as Thursday, NBC News reported.
President Trump has also begun weighing his options “before things get worse,” White House officials told CNN.
Aides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are reportedly preparing for Jackson’s withdrawal.
Publicly, though, both Jackson and the White House are holding steady.
“None of those things have come up in the four separate background investigations that have taken place,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday. “There’s been no area of concern that was raised for Dr. Jackson specifically.”
Jackson himself also denied that he has any plans to back out.
“We're still moving ahead as planned,” he told reporters.