An inspector general's probe of a relationship between acting FDA commissioner Lester Crawford and a senior official of the agency concluded that he gave conflicting evidence in the investigation but could not corroborate if he was having an illicit affair. As a result, Republicans moved to push forward with his nomination as commissioner. Investigators said, however, that the unidentified woman told investigators that Crawford had provided improper assistance in gaining a promotion for her, which Crawford denied. Another FDA official contradicted Crawford's statement that he had endorsed the woman for the promotion, saying that he had, in fact, questioned her qualifications.
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