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WashPost: WH Finds No Evidence Ronny Jackson 'Wrecked' Car

WashPost: WH Finds No Evidence Ronny Jackson 'Wrecked' Car
Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson (Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 27 April 2018 10:00 PM

The White House said Friday that a review of Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson's vehicle records found three minor incidents — but no evidence that he "wrecked" a car after drinking at a Secret Service going-away party as Democrats alleged this week, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Jackson, 50, who has served as White House physician to three presidents, including Republican Donald Trump, withdrew from consideration to head the Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday, within 24 hours after the allegation surfaced.

In addition, the Secret Service denied the details of a CNN report Wednesday that agents had stopped Jackson from banging loudly on a female employee's hotel room door during a 2015 overseas trip because it might disturb President Barack Obama.

"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 time frame, has resulted in no information that would indicate the allegation is accurate," the Secret Service said in a statement.

In a two-page report released Wednesday by Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, the ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, other allegations against Jackson included alcoholism on the job, improperly prescribing and dispensing medications, and creating a "toxic" work environment.

No evidence had publicly surfaced to support the car-crash allegation since Tester released the report, which he said was based on anonymous reports from as many as 23 people.

Jackson vehemently denied the accusations, saying in a statement Thursday that the "false allegations" distracted from his nomination.

He said that he "did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity."

President Trump praised Jackson Friday as "one of the finest men that I've met in the last long period of time."

He slammed the saga as "an absolute disgrace" in light of Jackson being endorsed by Obama and President George W. Bush.

"You had President Obama giving him an A-plus report," Trump said at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "You had President Bush giving him an A-plus report.

"You have President Trump giving him an a-plus report.

"To make statements of things that most people said never happened — never even happened, calling him names — was to me a disgrace, an absolute disgrace."

Trump said he met Jackson's family and told them: "Washington can be a very mean place, a nasty place."

The president then ripped Tester, noting that Montana, which he won by 56 percent in 2016, was a "great state" — adding, "I don't think that state is going to put up with it."

According to the Post, the White House produced records of three minor traffic incidents involving Jackson, and officials said no other records existed.

Jackson was not found at fault in any of the accidents — and "he reported each of them to his supervisor immediately," officials told the Post.

Jackson uses a government vehicle furnished with sirens and other equipment necessary in a presidential emergency, officials said.

In addition, the White House produced more than two years' worth of audits of the White House Medical Unit's handling of prescriptions and medications, "all of which showed no problems," according to the Post.

Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah on Friday also accused Tester of waging a smear campaign against Jackson.

"Sen. Jon Tester engaged in character assassination against a decorated rear admiral in the United States Navy, and he didn't have a shred of evidence to back it up," Shah told the Post.

Tester's office did not respond to a request for comment, though the second-term senator has defended the information's release.

He told reporters Thursday that he "absolutely" stood by his decision to release the allegations.

"Look, there was information, there was a pattern to the information," Tester said, according to the Post.

"People like you were asking me a bunch of questions," he added, referring to the media. "I thought it was the right thing."

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The White House said Friday that a review of Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson's vehicle records found three minor incidents - but no evidence that he "wrecked" a car after drinking at a Secret Service going-away party as Democrats alleged this week, The Washington Post reported...
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