Pence Doctor Resigns Amid Fallout Over Dr. Ronny Jackson
Vice President Mike Pence’s physician, Army Dr. Jennifer Pena, has resigned from the White House, investigative journalist Sara Carter reported Friday, citing several senior administration officials. Pena is the source behind the spurious allegations that led White House physician Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson to withdraw his nomination for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs last week.
Pena apparently violated protocol by bringing a number of serious allegations to the attention of Democrats on the Committee on Veterans Affairs, including charges that Jackson created a hostile work environment, drank on the job, improperly handed out prescription drugs, and wrecked a government vehicle after leaving a Secret Service party.
Montana Sen. Jon Tester passed the unverifed rumors on to a number of friendly media outlets, which went on to pummel Jackson with an onslaught of negative stories.
Jackson has denied all of the allegations.
Tester claimed that the allegations against Jackson were supported by 23 people, but refused to release the names of the people. The Secret Service last week debunked the senator's anonymous allegations.
“Over the last 48 hours, media outlets have alleged that U.S. Secret Service personnel were forced to intervene during a presidential foreign travel assignment in order to prevent disturbing (former) President Barack Obama,” the Secret Service said in a press statement Friday. “The Secret Service has no such record of any incident; specifically, any incident involving Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson.”
According to Carter's sources, Pena quit on Wednesday, telling "colleagues in the White House Medical Unit that she was resigning and moving on." She left the White House on Friday, they said.
The White House Medical Unit and White House Military Office had assigned Pena to be the vice president's physician.
Enraged over Tester’s role in derailing Jackson’s nomination, Trump called on the senator to resign. In a tweetstorm over the weekend, the president also encouraged Montanans to vote him out of office in November: