Even as Jackson strongly denied the charges against him, calling them “completely false and fabricated” in a defiant statement, his position as Trump’s chief physician and a pending Navy promotion looked shaky.
The president’s White House doctor had come under fire after current and former colleagues who accused him of misconduct.
The president said he stands by Ronny L. Jackson, whose nomination has been questioned by lawmakers from both parties.
Allegations of professional misconduct prompted senators to postpone his hearing — and to question the White House vetting process.
The development came just two days before Jackson was scheduled to appear before the Senate.
Concerned Veterans for America has emerged as a muscular force, scoring legislative victories and helping reshape the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Settlements can take years in a system many say is underfunded, while a study found 1 in 5 women at large federal agencies said they have been harassed by co-workers or supervisors.
President Trump’s decision to upend VA’s leadership comes as Senate Republicans were already worried about having to deal with potentially difficult nominations in the months leading up to midterm elections.
The president announced the move on Twitter, calling his nominee, Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, “highly respected.”
An investigation by the Commerce Department watchdog found that the former chief of staff at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office abused his position, charging taxpayers for at least 130 cab rides totaling more than $4,000.