House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy on Sunday said some of the allegations against President Donald Trump’s ill-fated pick for secretary of Veterans Affairs should be investigated.
Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” the South Carolina Republican said, “I think some of those allegations do warrant being investigated,” referring to a series of allegations levied against the White House physician and now-withdrawn VA secretary nominee, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson.
Gowdy specified that Congress was not the appropriate body to investigate all allegations of misconduct by Jackson, referencing in particular claims the Navy doctor overprescribed sleeping pills while serving in the White House.
“I don’t think you want members of Congress deciding whether or not the prescribing of Ambien is within the course of a professional medical practice,” Gowdy said. “In fact, I can’t think of anybody less well-qualified to decide whether Ambien should be prescribed than a bunch of lawyers.”
Jackson withdrew his nomination to serve as Trump’s VA secretary last week after allegations surfaced that, among other things, he created a toxic work environment and maintained poor prescription records.
Allegations of Jackson’s creating a hostile work environment would be the jurisdiction of “some combination of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and House Oversight,” Gowdy said.