Saturday, May 5, 2018

Dr. Ronny Jackson Accuser Out at White House

Pence doctor resigns after Jackson debacle
Vice President Mike Pence’s physician has resigned, the latest fallout from the collapse of Ronny Jackson’s nomination for secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Jennifer Peña, who like Jackson is a military physician detailed to the White House, was among those who made claims of professional misconduct against Jackson to senators considering his nomination, according to a person familiar with the events.

“The Vice President’s office was informed today by the White House Medical Unit of the resignation. Physicians assigned to the Vice President report to the White House Medical Unit and thus any resignation would go entirely through the Medical Unit, not the Vice President’s office,” Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said in a statement.

Peña claimed in memos that Jackson might have violated Karen Pence’s patient privacy rights by sharing details of a medical incident involving the second lady with chief of staff John Kelly. The memos were first reported by CNN.

The allegations were troubling to many in Pence’s office and the White House, who felt that Peña misrepresented the severity of the situation in an effort to harm Jackson, according to the person familiar with the situation.

Jackson, a Navy rear admiral who served as a physician to President Barack Obama and continued in the West Wing to care for Trump, was nominated in late March to succeed former VA Secretary David Shulkin.
Of course, his original sin in liberal eyes was to give President Trump a clean bill of health. As for his leadership abilities, the nominal reason for his scrutiny, he was a Rear Admiral for goodness sake. In the military, they actually take leadership seriously, and teach it to officers. He was certainly far more qualified to lead the VA than Sen Obama was to lead the country.

Hmmm, I wonder if anyone looked into Dr. Peña's past in a little more detail after it became known that she was railroading Jackson.

Linked at Nourishing Obscurity in "Monday."

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