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Former White House doctor Ronny Jackson engaged in ‘inappropriate behavior’ on the job, according to new scathing report

A new report has issued details about how Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, acted while serving as the top White House physician

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In this April 24, 2018 file photo, Ronny Jackson leaves a Senate office building on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jackson, President Donald Trump’s former White House physician and onetime pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, is running for a congressional seat out of Texas.

In this April 24, 2018, file photo, Ronny Jackson leaves a Senate office building on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jackson, President Donald Trump’s former White House physician and onetime pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs and now a congressman from Texas, is facing charges of ‘inappropriate behavior’ while he was White House physician.

J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, reportedly engaged in “inappropriate conduct” while serving as the top doctor at the White House, according to a new scathing report.

What did the report find?

A new Pentagon inspector general report — which was obtained by CNN and NBC News — alleged that Jackson engaged in “abusive behavior toward subordinates including sexual harassment,” per NBC News.

  • The review also said Jackson “drank alcohol, made sexual comments to subordinates and took the sedative Ambien while working as White House physician,” per NBC News.
  • The watchdog report said Jackson “disparaged, belittled, bullied and humiliated” his subordinates, according to NBC News.
  • The report comes after a yearslong investigation into Jackson, which began in 2018, according to CNN. The allegations come from when Jackson served in the Obama and Trump administrations. 

Response

Jackson denied the allegations, according to Forbes. He said the Democrats were using the report to tarnish his career, which included time with the Navy, according to The Hill.

  • “I’m proud of the work environment I fostered under three different presidents of both parties; I take my professional responsibility with respect to prescription drug practices seriously; and I flat out reject any allegation that I consumed alcohol while on duty,” Jackson said, according to The Hill.
  • “My entire professional life has been defined by duty and service. I’ve honorably served my country in the U.S. Navy, served patients who trusted me with their care, served three Presidents in the White House, and now I serve the people of Texas’ 13th District in Congress. I have not and will not ever conduct myself in a way that undermines the sincerity with which I take my oath to my country or my constituents,” he said, according to The Hill.

What’s next:

The report does recommend that the secretary of the Navy take “appropriate action” about Jackson, who retired from the Navy in 2019, according to CNN. Officials told CNN that Jackson’s retirement pay could be reduced since Navy retirement pay is based on rank and honorable behavior.