Senate Delays VA Confirmation Hearing Amid Allegations

The U.S. Senate announced this week that it had placed on indefinite hold a previously scheduled confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson.

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s Chairman, and Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), the VA Committee’s Ranking Member, sent a joint letter announcing the decision had been made “in light of new information presented to the Committee.”

Reportedly among the information are concerns “from at least 10 former and current military members…about Jackson’s past behavior and fitness for the VA secretary position.”

Committee Republicans and Democrats alike expressed frustration at the development.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), said, “The vetting on this nomination has been abysmal, like so many before, and that’s one of the reasons why there have been so many questions that have so far been unanswered.”

In other confirmation news, earlier today, President Trump’s nominee to head both the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, was confirmed unanimously.

 

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