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Johnny Isakson: Ronny Jackson should have the chance to respond to allegations

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Sen. Johnny Isakson said Tuesday that Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump’s Veterans Affairs secretary nominee, should have the opportunity to respond to any allegations that could jeopardize his confirmation to the post. “I’m concerned that the press is making up far too many stories that aren’t true before we even get a chance to have a meeting,” Mr. Isakson, Georgia Republican, said to CNN. CBS News reported allegations Dr. Jackson fostered a hostile work environment, drank alcohol while on the job and improperly dispensed medications. The hearing for Dr. Jackson was set for Wednesday, but it was delayed due to some concerning information found in the vetting process. Mr. Isakson said he does not want Dr. Jackson to withdraw his nomination, adding that Dr. Jackson should be able to respond to any negative allegation made against him. Mr. Isakson, who chairs the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, added that a hearing will be rescheduled “sometime in the future.” The exact nature of the claims remains unclear. “We need some time to get some more information,” Mr. Isakson said. He added that Dr. Jackson will be “vetted in the appropriate way and in the appropriate order.” Dr. Jackson, the personal physician to the president, was nominated to the post after Mr. Trump fired David Shulkin for a misuse …

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Chuck Schumer blames nominee obstruction on poor choices by Trump

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Senate Republicans are quietly picking up speed confirming Trump administration nominees for federal posts, but the president still lags well behind both of his most recent Oval Office predecessors when it comes to filling government jobs. As of April 15, senators had approved 421 civilian nominees since Mr. Trump took office. That is roughly 150 nominees behind President Obama at the same point, with 569 confirmations, and nearly 250 nominees behind President George W. Bush. Mr. Trump says that at the rate the Senate is going, it would take nine years to confirm all of the posts he has to fil…

The Latest: Feds fire back at governor for criticizing ICE

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Latest on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s criticism of federal immigration officials for a recent raid on an upstate dairy farm (all times local): 5:30 p.m. A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is firing back at New York’s governor for criticizing the tactics of immigration agents following a raid on an upstate dairy farm. DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton says a cease and desist letter sent to immigration officials by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) on Wednesday is a “slap in the face” to Immigration and Customs Enforc…

Man who disarmed Waffle House shooter hailed by lawmakers

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The co-owner of a Colorado crane company where the suspect in a deadly weekend shooting at a Nashville restaurant once worked said she had urged federal officials to keep him in custody after he was arrested at the White House last year. Travis Reinking, 29, is accused of opening fire Sunday outside a Waffle House with an AR-15 rifle and then storming the restaurant, wearing only a green jacket. Four people were killed and four others were wounded in the shooting. But Reinking had exhibited erratic behavior for years before the shooting. Darlene Sustrich, who co-owns a …