Rep Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said while some of the charges against Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson could warrant investigation by Congress, he thought others were not the purview of lawmakers, The Hill reported Sunday.
"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."
Jackson served as White House physician for President Donald Trump, as well as former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Trump tabbed him for the post of secretary of Veterans Affairs, but the nomination got derailed after allegations of previous improper behavior surfaced.
In a two-page report released Wednesday, Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, the ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, accused Jackson of drinking alcohol on the job, improperly prescribing and dispensing medications and creating a "toxic" work environment.
Jackson withdrew his nomination on Thursday stating, "I did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity."
Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called it a "medical license issue" about the charge Jackson provided prescription drugs to White House staff on flights. However, he said it could merit investigation by lawmakers about claims Jackson created a hostile work environment.
"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.
Gowdy went on to suggest the allegations against Jackson were a "pretty good example of reaching the conclusion and then going in search of the investigation."
"You go gather the facts and then you level the allegation. That's just not what's done in our political environment," Gowdy said.
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