Gowdy: Allegations against Trump’s former VA pick merit investigating

Gowdy: Allegations against Trump’s former VA pick merit investigating
© Greg Nash

Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyCongress must take the next steps on federal criminal justice reforms Lynch testimony marks final interview of GOP-led probe Comey defends FBI actions on Flynn in House interview MORE (R-S.C.) said in a Sunday show interview that some of the allegations against Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson should be investigated.

“I think some of those allegations do warrant being investigated. I don't think you want members of Congress deciding whether or not the prescribing of Ambien is within the course of a professional medical practice,” Gowdy told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” 

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Jackson, a White House physician whom Trump tapped to serve as the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, withdrew his nomination last week amid a series of misconduct allegations.

Gowdy, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the accusation that Jackson provided prescription drugs on flights is a “medical license issue,” while a congressional committee could potentially probe the allegation that Jackson created a hostile work environment.

"In fact, I can't think of anybody less well qualified to decide whether Ambien should be prescribed than a bunch of lawyers. So that's a medical license issue. Hostile work environment would be some combination of the Veterans' Affairs Committee and House Oversight," he said.

“But this is a pretty good example of reaching the conclusion and then going in search of the investigation, and investigations that your viewers should have confidence in do it in the reverse order,” Gowdy said of the allegations against Jackson. 

“You go gather the facts and then you level the allegation. That's just not what's done in our political environment.”