While working at the White House as a physician, Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) drank alcohol, took sleeping medication, and sexually harassed a female staffer, according to a report released by Pentagon’s inspector general.
The 37-page report concluded that Jackson’s “overall course of conduct toward subordinates disparaged, belittled, bullied, and humiliated them.”
Dr. Jackson denies the allegations and says that he is being punished for supporting former President Donald Trump.
In the report, witnesses describe Dr. Jackson’s behavior on a presidential trip to Manila and Argentina.
“He had kind of bloodshot eyes,” a witness recalled to investigators. “You could smell the alcohol on his breath, and he leaned into my room and he said, ‘I need you.’ I felt really uncomfortable.”
According to the New York Times, White House policy prohibits White House personnel from drinking on presidential trips.
The inspector general’s office says it is confident that the testimony, documents and other evidence it found was enough to make a clear determination. It recommends that the secretary of the Navy “take appropriate action” regarding Jackson, without providing details.