Texas Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician, drank on the job, harassed female employees, and creating a toxic work environment, according to a Pentagon inspector general report obtained by CNN.
The investigation into Jackson, who served as the physician to both Donald Trump and Barack Obama, found that he made "sexual and denigrating" comments about a female subordinate, violated Defense Department policy by drinking on the job during a presidential trip, and took Ambien, which “prompted concerns from his colleagues about his ability to provide proper care,” according to the report.
The IG report, based on 78 witness interviews and White House documents, concluded that Jackson failed to treat his subordinates with respect and created a hostile work environment.
Jackson disputes report:
Jackson claimed the report was politically motivated and argued that the inspector general “resurrected” old allegations because Jackson refused to "turn my back on President (Donald) Trump.”
Jackson denied "any allegation that I consumed alcohol while on duty."
The IG report noted that the investigation of Jackson was “limited in scope and unproductive" because Trump’s White House counsel insisted on being present for interviews, which had a "potential chilling effect" on the probe.
"We determined that the potential chilling effect of their presence would prevent us from receiving accurate testimony," the report said.
Dozens of witnesses slam Jackson:
The report noted that 56 of the 78 witnesses the IG interviewed “told us they personally experienced, saw, or heard about him yelling, screaming, cursing, or belittling subordinates.”
"Many of these witnesses described RDML Jackson's behavior with words and phrases such as 'meltdowns,' 'yells' for no reason,' 'rages,' 'tantrums,' 'lashes out,' and 'aggressive.' These witnesses also described RDML Jackson's leadership style with terms such as 'tyrant,' 'dictator,' 'control freak,' 'hallmarks of fear and intimidation,' 'crappy manager,' and 'not a leader at all,'" the report said.