With allegations swirling, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson’s nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs is falling apart — even as the White House stands by him.
Senate Republicans, a constituency Jackson cannot afford to lose, are waiting not so much for more information, POLITICO’s Burgess Everett reports, but for when President Trump will pull the nomination or Jackson will remove himself from consideration.
“GOP support for the Veterans Affairs nominee has cratered in the face of allegations of misconduct as White House physician. Jackson already faced serious doubts over his lack of management experience. At this point, it would take a miraculous comeback by Jackson to survive at least two more weeks of scrutiny and growing discomfort among Republican senators over his nomination.”
Meanwhile, allegations swirl.
Senate Democrats today released a document with a range of allegations against Jackson, from doling out medications freely to managerial misconduct and drinking on the job, Everett reports.
“The document amounts to the most detailed accounting of the allegations leveled against the White House physician, whose nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs is increasingly imperiled.”
Elsewhere in President Trump’s orbit:
COHEN OF SILENCE: President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen tolda judge he would invoke his 5th Amendment rights regarding a civil lawsuit from adult film star Stormy Daniels who is seeking to nullify a $130,000 “hush money” deal.
VLAD TO KNOW: Steve Bannon allegedly ordered Cambridge Analytica to message test Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian expansion efforts in 2014, a whistleblower alleged.
AMBIEN-T PROBLEM: Ronny Jackson’s struggles have inadvertently highlighted a fact of Washington life: The use of sleeping pills, like ambien, and a drug called Provigil for alertness.
TOXIC ENVIRONMENT: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is set to face Congress tomorrow and could face a contentious environment from skeptical Republicans and others.
RENT TOO LOW?: House and Urban Development secretary Ben Carson rolled out a plan that would require the poor to may more in rent in order to receive assistance and also would allow public housing authorities to impose work requirements.
IRAN ON: The Iran nuclear agreement may survive an initial blow from President Trump, with a more important date lingering in mid-summer.
FLASHING LIGHTS: The White House says President Trump and Kanye West haven’t talked in a while — but Trump nevertheless approvingly retweeted West’s seemingly pro-Trump tweets today.
There you have it. You’re caught up on the Trump administration. Wednesday is finished.