Apr 24, 2018

Ronny Jackson Veterans Affairs confirmation hearing postponed

Ronny Jackson speaks behind a podium in the White House briefing room

White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson. Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has postponed the confirmation hearing for Ronny Jackson, President Trump's nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, amid allegations of improper conduct and growing concerns about the physician's ability to lead the agency, committee chairman Johnny Isakson and ranking Democrat Jon Tester announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Although the White House says it stands by Jackson, the delay only adds to their fears that he'll get denied.

"The Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs is postponing the hearing to consider the nominee to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in light of new information presented to the committee”
— Sens. Isakson and Tester in a statement Tuesday

What to watch: The Sens. also sent a letter to President Trump on Tuesday requesting "all documentation pertaining to Rear Admiral Jackson's service in the White House medical unit and as Physician to the President."

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