NPR

The Fall Of Harriet Miers: A Cautionary Tale For Dr. Ronny Jackson?

Both Miers, picked as a justice, and Jackson, chosen for the VA, were known for strong praise of the presidents they served and resumes with questionable alignment to the jobs they were picked for.
White House counsel Harriet Miers speaks after being nominated by President George W. Bush to the Supreme Court on Oct. 3, 2005. She would withdraw later that month after intense scrutiny of her qualificiations. Source: Mandel Ngan

President Trump's intent to nominate his White House physician to head the Department of Veterans Affairs has brought back a name long absent from the news: Harriet Miers.

Miers was White House counsel when President George W. Bush stunned Washington by appointing her to the Supreme Court in October 2005. Miers, just the third woman named to the high court, was meant to succeed the first — Sandra Day O'Connor, who was retiring.

Nationally, the big story that autumn was Hurricane Katrina, which had devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast. But it was the storm over Harriet

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR4 min read
'Give Me Liberty': A Brilliant, Transporting Film About A Medical Driver's Busy Day
A young Russian-American (Chris Galust) drives a beat-up medical transport van full of demanding, quirky passengers through Milwaukee's backstreets in this funny, authentic film.
NPR3 min read
'Into The Planet' Captures Cave Diving's Mortal Risks — And All lts Glory
Jill Heinerth's memoir leads with her thoughts as she wonders if she will die underwater, setting the tone for an honest and engaging book about life as one of the world's top cave divers.
NPR2 min read
In Soccer's Equal Pay Suit, A May 2020 Trial Is 'Good Overall,' Says Alex Morgan
The co-captain of the World Cup-winning U.S. Women's National Team says the earlier-than-expected trial date for the team's gender discrimination lawsuit won't be a distraction for players.