‘Did you do any vetting at all?’ CNN’s Burnett hammers White House deputy press secretary over Jackson allegations
CNN anchor Erin Burnett had difficulty getting White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah to answer questions about the nomination of Dr. Ronny Jackson to lead the Department of Veteran Affairs.
“We are pushing ahead with this nomination,” Shah claimed. “So you know, these are accusations, we are looking into them.”
“Did you do any vetting at all, beyond saying he passed background checks from the FBI?” Burnett asked.
Shah just repeated his talking points that Dr. Jackson had passed his background check and was liked by former President Barack Obama.
Burnett made a personal observation while introducing a clip from Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT).
“You know, it just sort of makes me think when allegations against Matt Lauer came out, or Charlie Rose, I had worked with them and hadn’t experienced it, but everything that was said against them, that came out to be true, it happened,” Burnett explained. “I didn’t know about it, but it still happened.”
“Isn’t it possible that the guys who were, that he was treating, don’t know these things happened but yes, they indeed happened?” she asked.
“Well, with all due respect, Erin, I guess anything is possible,” Shah replied.
“I’m just simply making the point that the President of the United States, whoever that is, wouldn’t have been aware of this behavior at a Secret Service party, wrecking a car, handing out drugs to someone he shouldn’t,” Wallace noted.