The allegations against Dr. Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, are "very disturbing and need to be investigated," Sen. Tammy Baldwin said Wednesday.
"I'm glad they've put a pause on his confirmation hearings so that they can look more deeply into those," the Wisconsin Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
However, Baldwin said she had concerns about Jackson's nomination, because the VA is entrusted with the care of nine million veterans, who deserve the best care.
"I feared that Dr. Jackson didn't have the type of managerial experience needed to oversee such an important but also large entity," said Baldwin.
"I've passed bipartisan legislation to include great reforms across the VA system. We need to see those fully implemented, so I had my doubts already and wanted a lot of questions answered before these latest revelations that are very disturbing."
On Tuesday, Rep. Jon Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, told NPR that more than 20 military personnel had come forward with concerns about improper distribution of sleeping pills and drinking alcohol on overseas trips, as well as creating a toxic work environment.
Jackson, who has worked as a presidential physician since President George W. Bush's administration, had been scheduled for a confirmation hearing on Wednesday, but that has been put on hold after the allegations against him surfaced.
Even Trump, during a Tuesday press conference, left open the possibility that Jackson could withdraw from the confirmation process, saying it could become "too ugly and too disgusting."
The allegations would give Jackson some "high hurdles" to cross should he remain in the confirmation process, said Baldwin.
Meanwhile, Baldwin said is seeking reelection, and she has seen out-of-state billionaires "pouring money into Wisconsin, being active on television and on radio with attack ads against me."
She said she knows Wisconsin is a battleground state, but this time, there is something more.
"I think that I have always focused fighting for the people of Wisconsin, and I stand up to those outside special interests who have you know protecting Wall Street and drug corporations and they know I stand for the people of Wisconsin," said Baldwin.
"I don't think it's a coincidence that we're seeing all of this outside spending."
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