WASHINGTON – Former aide Marquette Baylor is accusing Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., of making false statements to "cover up" actions taken by her chief of staff and to "protect her political career."
Baylor had been Baldwin's top aide in Milwaukee until she was fired in January following a USA TODAY report that revealed the senator had a report raising concerns about opiate prescriptions at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah, Wis., for four months last year but didn't act on it despite repeated pleas from a whistleblower.
The day after her office received the report last August, 35-year-old Marine Corps veteran Jason Simcakoski died from "mixed drug toxicity" as an inpatient at Tomah.
In the complaint to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Baylor says she told Baldwin's chief of staff, Bill Murat, about the report, and when she didn't get approval to take action last fall, she prepared memos to Baldwin herself.
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