Secret Service denies Jackson door-banging incident
The Secret Service says it has no record of having to prevent former nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson from disturbing President Obama during an overseas trip in 2015.
In a statement issued late Thursday night, the agency disputed allegations that Jackson was drunkenly banging on the door of a female employee so loudly that the Secret Service had to intervene to prevent him from disturbing a sleeping President Obama.
“The Secret Service has no such record of any incident … a thorough review of internal documents related to all Presidential foreign travel that occurred in 2015, in addition to interviews of personnel who were present during foreign travel that occurred during the same timeframe, has resulted in no information that would indicate the allegation is accurate,” the agency said in a statement.
The Secret Service did not address a separate incident that alleges Jackson once wrecked a government vehicle after becoming intoxicated during a party held for a Secret Service member.
The agency praised Jackson for his “years of dedicated support to the men and women of the Secret Service.”
Jackson, who currently serves as physician to President Trump, was nominated to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, but withdrew on Thursday amid allegations of workplace misconduct, including instances of excessive drinking while on duty, creating a hostile work environment, and improperly dispensing medications.
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee has been investigating allegations made by 23 current and former colleagues of Jackson, but have not substantiated the claims because of a lack of formal documentation.
The Hill has removed its comment section, as there are many other forums for readers to participate in the conversation. We invite you to join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.