Watch GOP Rep. Ronny Jackson flee a reporter asking about a report on his 'sexual and denigrating' behavior
Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas has been facing a scandal involving his conduct while serving as White House medical adviser — a position he held under President Barack Obama and later, under President Donald Trump. The U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General's Office, following an investigation, has concluded that Jackson made "sexual and denigrating" comments about a female medical subordinate. And when CNN reporter Daniella Diaz asked Jackson about the allegations, the GOP congressman couldn't get away from her fast enough.
According to CNN reporters Manu Raju, Barbara Starr, Zachary Cohen and Oren Liebermann, "After interviewing 78 witnesses and reviewing a host of White House documents, investigators concluded that Jackson, who achieved the rank of rear admiral (in the U.S. Navy), failed to treat his subordinates with dignity and respect, engaged in inappropriate conduct…. On a presidential trip to Manila from April 22, 2014, to April 29, 2014, four witnesses who traveled with then-President Barack Obama and Jackson said that Jackson became intoxicated and made inappropriate comments about a female medical subordinate."
When Diaz saw Jackson, she introduced herself and told him, "I'm wondering if we could get your reaction to the report we broke last night" — and he abruptly responded, "I've already submitted a segment."
.@RonnyJacksonTX would not answer me when I asked about this story that my colleagues reported:… https://t.co/xKjqrj9gzm— Daniella Diaz (@Daniella Diaz) 1614794754.0
Diaz persisted, however, telling the former White House physician turned congressman, "I was wondering if you could comment on the charge that you harassed a woman — a female subordinate — when you were working for the Obama Administration….. I know that you said it was untrue, but there were 78 witnesses."
But the 53-year-old Jackson ignored Diaz, kept walking and continued to ignore her when she asked, "Are you going to comment on the incident any further?"
According to CNN, the Defense Department Inspector General's Office has recommended that the secretary of the U.S. Navy take "appropriate action" regarding the congressman's past conduct.
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