SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS HAMPER RONNY JACKSON'S CONFIRMATION
Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson's nomination to become secretary of veterans affairs appears to be in jeopardy amid what one key lawmaker tells NPR's Morning Editionare "serious" but "unsubstantiated allegations." The comments by Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., come as Jackson's planned nomination hearing before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs has been postponed. The senator declined to comment on the nature of the allegations against Jackson. "We have been given a brief sketch of what they [the allegations] are, but I'd prefer not to discuss them at this time," Rounds tells NPR. In a statement, the top Republican and top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Sens. Johnny Isakson and Jon Tester, said the hearing would be postponed "in light of new information presented to the committee." Additionally, the pair sent a letter to President Trump requesting additional documentation related to Jackson's tenure as the president's doctor and his role leading the White House medical team.