The Texas freshman congressman on Wednesday insisted in a statement that the IG report, which was first reported by CNN, was the result of “a political hit because j ‘was alongside President Trump “.
“I take seriously my professional responsibility for prescription drug practices; and I categorically reject any claim that I have consumed alcohol while on duty,” Jackson added. “I also categorically deny any implication that I was in any way sexually inappropriate at work, outside of work, or anywhere with a member of my staff or anyone else. is not me and what is alleged did not happen. “
The IG’s most scathing findings concern allegations of unprofessional behavior, including sexually inappropriate comments about co-workers, according to the 37-page public report.
During a presidential trip to the Philippines, for example, “Jackson made sexual and disparaging statements about one of his medical subordinates to another of his subordinates.” Specifically, he said his subordinate had a nice ** ‘and he would like to “see more of his tattoos”, “the report claims.
During the same trip, the report says he also breached his duties as White House medic and naval officer by getting drunk and acting inappropriately.
“His drunken demeanor in the middle of the night, pounding on his hotel room door, screaming, yelling, and his overall loud demeanor in his hotel room showed less than exemplary conduct on the workplace on an official trip to provide medical care to the president and other members of the travel group, ”the IG found.
The investigation concluded that Jackson violated White House Medical Bureau policy “by drinking a beer on a presidential trip to Bariloche, Argentina” and that he “took Ambien on an official trip, raising concerns about his potential inability to provide appropriate medical care while on this trip. “
But the investigation concluded that other claims about Jackson’s behavior could not be corroborated.
“We found no evidence to support the claim that RDML Jackson expected rum or other alcohol to be stored in his room while on official travel, or that staff members feared retaliation. ‘they weren’t up to expectations, “he says. He also found “no evidence to support the claim that RDML Jackson ‘got drunk and destroyed a government vehicle'”.
The IG did not make any specific recommendations, leaving it to the Secretary of the Navy to “take appropriate action”. And it’s unclear whether his behavior in uniform will lead to punitive actions from the House of Representatives, where Jackson sits on the Armed Services Committee.
In his statement, Jackson claimed his critics “resurrected these same false allegations from my years with the Obama administration because I refused to turn my back on President Trump.”