Republican Senator Says Trump Was Wrong to Defend Ronny Jackson Against Allegations of Misconduct
After Dr. Ronny Jackson was forced to withdraw from consideration for the post of secretary of Veterans Affairs due to a number of professional misconduct allegations revealed by Sen. Jon Tester, President Donald Trump defended his nominee and lashed out at the Democratic lawmaker from Montana.
But on Tuesday, Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican who sits on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee along with Tester, defended his colleague and the claims against Jackson.
"Part of the allegations made in one of the affidavits was verified," Isakson said. "It looks like there's been a story that corroborates the fact that there were some of those allegations that were correct. I did my job, and every senator has the responsibility if they're presented with allegations, to try to seek the truth, and that exonerates anybody who seeks the truth. So if you're seeking the truth, you're covered. If you're not seeking the truth, or if you're factionalizing the truth or twisting the facts, that's something else. But I don't think that's something that was done."
Isakson was referring to a CNN story by Manu Raju — who the senator said was "a great guy, by the way" — that corroborated some of the misconduct claims against Jackson.
Over the weekend, Trump attacked Tester for his role in bringing forth the allegations about Jackson, saying, "I know things about Tester that I could say, too. And if I said them, he’d never be elected again.”
Isakson said Trump, who insists Jackson was wrongfully smeared, was wrong. That leaves open the question of whether Trump will now attack Isakson, apologize to Tester, or just ignore the issue entirely.
Watch the clip below:
GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson says to @GaryTuchmanCNN that Trump's statement is "false" that Ronny Jackson allegations of misconduct were wrong. He says our story from last night about Pence's doctor raising concerns about Jackson "corroborates" allegations. https://t.co/YDsr1iaM43— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 2, 2018