White House comments on Jackson hearing postponement

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee is postponing the nomination hearing of Rear Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, M.D. to become the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs following allegations of misconduct.

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In a statement Tuesday, Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Ranking Member John Tester (D-MT) said, “The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is postponing the hearing to consider the nominee to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in light of new information presented to the committee. We take very seriously our constitutional duty to thoroughly and carefully vet each nominee sent to the Senate for confirmation. We will continue looking into these serious allegations and have requested additional information from the White House to enable the committee to conduct a full review.”

For now, the White House is standing behind President Donald Trump's pick to lead the VA. Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short told Gray Television Washington News Bureau's Alana Austin Tuesday that Jackson "is a great pick" and that the administration is not looking at replacing the nominee.

Click the video above to watch more of Alana's interview with Short.