House Subpoenas VA Chief, Alleged 'Cover-Up' Emails

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki subpoenaed, too

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted May 8, 2014 9:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has remained defiant amid calls for his resignation in the wake of a report on a "secret waiting list" and veterans dying over delays at some of its hospitals, particularly one in Phoenix. But as the fever pitch grows, the House Veterans Affairs Committee today voted to subpoena Shinseki, and as CNN reports, the subpoena extends to emails that allegedly mention destroying the secret list. This as the Austin American Statesmen yesterday reported that a whistleblower has talked to investigators about allegations of orders to fudge veterans' requested appointment dates at San Antonio and Austin VA clinics.

  • Who thinks he should resign: The American Legion, which the New York Times points out is not just the oldest but is also the "most influential" veterans group. It marks the first time the Legion has called for a public official to step down since 1978. It's been joined by Concerned Veterans for America, another veterans organization, which wants President Obama to fire Shinseki, the Arizona Republic reports.
  • Who doesn't: As of Tuesday, Jay Carney told reporters "the president remains confident in Secretary Shinseki's ability to lead the department and take appropriate action."

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
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