White House Says Records Don’t Match Accusation Against Jackson


Dr. Ronny L. Jackson with Senator Jon Tester, Democrat of Montana, this month in Washington. Dr. Jackson was President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs until he withdrew from consideration this week.

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WASHINGTON — The White House challenged reports that Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, the president’s doctor, had been involved in a drunken driving crash, citing on Friday what it said was a thorough review of vehicle incident reports conducted by administration officials.

On Wednesday, Senator Jon Tester, Democrat of Montana, released a list of accusations against Dr. Jackson, including a claim that he had “wrecked” a government car after getting drunk at a Secret Service goodbye party. At the time Mr. Tester released the list, Dr. Jackson was President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Jackson denied the allegations, but later withdrew from consideration for the cabinet post amid a torrent of other, mostly anonymous, accusations, including accounts that he loosely distributed drugs to White House officials and was a bully to his staff in the White House medical unit.

Raj Shah, a deputy White House press secretary, said Friday that after Mr. Tester’s accusations, officials searched all of the government databases that contain records of accidents involving government vehicles, including at the General Services Administration. He called it a “comprehensive search” for any crashes involving Dr. Jackson and a government vehicle.

Mr. Shah said that the search revealed three episodes, none of which resembled the crash described by Mr. Tester.

In one episode, Mr. Shah said that Dr. Jackson was rear-ended, resulting in a fender bender. In another, a bus sideswiped a side mirror on Dr. Jackson’s car, according to Mr. Shah. The third case was an episode of road rage, Mr. Shah said, in which another person punched through a window on Dr. Jackson’s car.

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