Vice president's physician resigns

Vice President Pence's doctor resigned Friday amid the controversy over President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel MORE's failed nomination of Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson to serve as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Jennifer Peña was a physician in the White House Medical Unit, which Jackson led prior to his nomination. Multiple news reports said she was one of the people who accused Jackson of workplace misconduct, allegations that eventually sunk his nomination. 

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“The Vice President’s office was informed today by the White House Medical Unit of the resignation. Physicians assigned to the Vice President report to the White House Medical Unit and thus any resignation would go entirely through the Medical Unit, not the Vice President’s office," Pence press secretary Alyssa Farah said in a statement. 

Peña had expressed concerns about Jackson last fall, according to CNN, saying in a series of memos that Jackson may have violated federal privacy protections of second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceJill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics Pence refused to leave Capitol during riot: book Doug Emhoff carves out path as first second gentleman MORE by sharing details about a medical incident.

On April 26, Jackson withdrew his name from consideration to succeed David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinBiden's nominee for VA secretary isn't a veteran — does it matter? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress slogs toward COVID-19 relief, omnibus deal A crisis that unites veterans MORE after Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterBipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor GOP blocks infrastructure debate as negotiators near deal GOP negotiators say they'll vote to start infrastructure debate next week MORE (D-Mont.), ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, released a report detailing allegations made by 23 current and former colleagues.

The allegations included multiple instances where Jackson improperly dispensed medications, created a hostile work environment and was drunk while on duty.

Jackson denied the allegations, and President Trump has responded by attacking Tester for releasing the report.

Jackson will also no longer be the president's physician, a position he also held for former President Obama, but he will still remain a member of the White House Medical Unit.