President Trump has one year accused of being the last naval officer to become his veterans affairs secretary, to be promoted to two-star admiral, and to be his physician, though against that Pentagon is still under open investigation for allegations of his VA secretary nomination.
The White House sent Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson's name for promotion to the Senate on January 15. He served as president's doctor in April of last year when Trump nominated him for the VA post, and retired after allegations of mismanagement and wrongdoing when the White House doctor showed up.
A spokesman for the Office of the Inspector General of Defense, Bruce Anderson, said his office's investigation into Jackson is still ongoing. The bureau, considered the Pentagon's best guard, said in June that it had opened a lawsuit against Jackson, although it would not comment on the scope of the Pentagon.
A Navy spokesman, Lieutenant Christina Sears, said Jackson is still assigned the White House. The Navy had originally filed Jackson's name for last year's promotion before Trump named him VA secretary. The White House has filed him again, she said. Task & Purpose first reported re-submitting Jackson's nomination on Friday night.
The White House could not be reached for comment, but released a list of new appointments on Saturday showing that Jackson serves as Assistant to the President His chief physician.
It is unclear whether the Armed Services Committee will respond to Jackson's new promotion nomination during the ongoing investigation.
"We are not commenting on upcoming nominations, ongoing investigations, or both in this case," said Chip Unruh, a spokesman for Sen. Jack Reed (DR.I.), the high-ranking Democrat on the committee.
Nomination encounters a controversy that was out of sight for the Trump administration.
After Trump nominated Jackson for the VA secretariat post last April, Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), The high-level one, released Member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, a two-page summary of the allegations He did not insist on spending medicine, drinking at work and creating a hostile workplace, some former colleagues said he was called "Candyman" because of his drug issue
The White House denied the most serious of these allegations and said it had a thorough investigation of its past leads and found no evidence. Brian McKeon, a former executive secretary and chief of staff of the National Security Council in the Obama administration, also said in an April interview that the allegations were incorrect.
Jackson, who served as Presidential Doctor of President Barack Obama before, denied any wrongdoing and Trump leapt to his defense.
"Ronny L. Jackson is one of the best men I've ever met," Trump said last April, adding, "Washington can be a very mean place."
"These were false accusations about a big man," Trump said.
Trump campaigned against testers in his election campaign in the Senate in Montana and said in a rally that testers had "led the Democrat mob to destroy the police." Call of a great man, Admiral Ronny L. Jackson.
Trump added that Jackson did not really want the job, but Trump still asked him to do it.
"He may not have been qualified," Trump said. "But here's a high-level doctor, and he's a man everyone respected, and I've seen that, Respect is so important. "
Tester was re-elected to the Senate in November.
This story was originally published early Saturday morning and updated after the White House announced Jackson's new assignment.
Josh Dawsey and James Hohmann contributed to this report.