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Former White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson drank and took Ambien on the job, and was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to women on his team, according to a report.
A scathing 37-page report from the Department of Defense Inspector General revealed that multiple people described Jackson, who now serves in Congress, as a boss from hell who made life miserable for subordinates.
“Many of these witnesses described Jackson’s behavior with words and phrases such as ‘meltdowns,’ ‘yells for no reason,’ ‘rages,’ ‘tantrums,’ ‘lashes out,’ and ‘aggressive,’” the report said. “These witnesses also described Jackson’s leadership style with terms such as ‘tyrant,’ ‘dictator,’ ‘control freak.’”
The report also raised serious questions about the staunch Trump supporter’s drinking on the job and use of the prescription medication Ambien, which is used to treat insomnia.
It cited several witnesses who claimed Jackson occasionally drank while on duty, a breach of rules that could have left the president without proper care.
“Jackson expected rum or other alcohol to be stocked in his lodging room while on official travel, or that staff members feared retribution if they did not comply with the expectation,” the report said.
Jackson was also accused of popping pills on long presidential trips. Use of prescription medication is not specifically barred for the White House physician, but several colleagues said they worried they it could impair his judgment, said the report.
The damaging sexual allegations date back to the last years of the Obama administration, when Jackson was accused of two separate incidents of inappropriate comments and behavior toward women on presidential trips. It wasn’t immediately clear why the incidents were not investigated at the time.
DOD officials gave Jackson the opportunity to comment on their conclusions in January, the report said, but his lawyer said he “had no comment.”
Jackson, a Republican who now represents the 13th Congressional District in his home state of Texas, denounced the allegations on CNN as politically motivated smears. He denied drinking but did not specifically deny taking prescription drugs.
“Democrats are using this report to repeat and rehash untrue attacks on my integrity,” he told CNN on Wednesday.
Jackson became a close Trump ally after the former president took office. Trump sought to elevate him to the position of Secretary of Veterans Affairs in 2018 but the nomination collapsed amid allegations of poor management.