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Rep. Ronny Jackson walking through the Canon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol in January. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) allegedly made "sexual and denigrating" comments about a female staffer, drank alcohol and took sleeping medication while working as White House physician, according to a report obtained by CNN Tuesday night.

Driving the news: The Defense Department inspector general's report stems from a years-long investigation. Jackson has called the allegations "false and fabricated."

  • The report covers his time as White House physician during the Obama and Trump administrations, and it's based on official documents and interviews with 78 witnesses, per CNN.

Zoom in: Among the allegations are that Jackson was known for "yelling, screaming, cursing, or belittling subordinates," drinking while on presidential trips, in violation of protocol and taking Ambien on long flights while on duty, according to CNN.

  • The report is expected to be publicly released on Wednesday.

What they're saying: Jackson, who was elected to the House last November, said in an emailed statement that Democrats were using the report "to repeat and rehash untrue attacks on my integrity."

  • He said he was the "subject of a political hit job" three years ago and that today, the inspector general's report has "resurrected those same false allegations from my years with the Obama Administration because I have refused to turn my back on President Trump."
  • "I'm proud of the work environment I fostered under three different Presidents of both parties," Jackson added.
"I flat out reject any allegation that I consumed alcohol while on duty. I also categorically deny any implication that I was in any way sexually inappropriate at work, outside of work, or anywhere with any member of my staff or anyone else. That is not me and what is alleged did not happen."

Of note: Jackson withdrew his nomination as Trump's nominee for Veterans Affairs secretary in 2018 because he said the original allegations about him had "become a distraction for this President."

  • Representatives for the inspector general did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Mississippi Rep. Palazzo investigated over campaign funds misuse claims

Rep. Steven Palazzo. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The House Committee on Ethics is conducting a review after an independent watchdog unanimously recommended an investigation into allegations that Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) has abused his office.

Why it matters: The Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics found there's "substantial reason to believe" that Palazzo "converted funds to personal use to pay expenses that were not legitimate" — allegations the congressman denies.

House Dems set for fresh months-long fight for Trump financial records

Former President Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Hyatt Regency on Feb. 28. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The House Oversight Committee is preparing for a months-long battle seeking to obtain access to former President Trump's financial records, per a legal schedule outline proposed by their counsel Doug Letter on Tuesday.

Why it matters: House Democrats say obtaining Trump's records would "promote transparency, enhance public confidence in the integrity of elected officials including the President, and prevent grave conflict of interests for this and any future presidents."

Scoop: U.S. begins denying Afghan immigrants

Afghan refugees on a bus bound for temporary housing after arriving in Greece. Photo: Byron Smith/Getty Images

The Biden administration has begun issuing denials to Afghans seeking to emigrate to the United States through the humanitarian parole process, after a system that typically processes 2,000 applications annually has been flooded with more than 30,000.

Why it matters: Afghans face steeper odds and longer processes for escaping to the U.S., despite the earlier sweeping efforts by the Biden administration to assist its allies. Immigration lawyers and advocacy groups say the government has set untenable barriers to a safe haven in the U.S.