In a unanimous vote this morning, May 8, 2014, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs agreed to subpoena the emails and other correspondence of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and his administrators having to do with the destruction of “wait lists” at the Phoenix VA Medical Center.
Chairman Jeff Miller called the vote to subpoena unprecedented as he characterized the VA administrators’ response as a “model of stonewalling.”
“It’s a historic vote,” Miller said. “This committee has voted once before to issue a subpoena, the first time ever in the history. And we worked with the VA and actually we did not deliver that subpoena, but we ultimately got the information that we were asking for.”
He then read a list of dates and actions that have unfolded as the committee sought additional information about an “alternate wait list” that was subsequently destroyed at the Phoenix VA Medical Center.
Miller concluded that he hopes the VA will “have the good sense to not further ignore the request that this committee has made.” He added that the subpoena is limited and narrow in scope as to not interfere with the Inspector Generals’ investigation into the matter.
Shinseki’s office told CNN that the secretary has ordered an audit of all VA clinics.
Here’s a video of the committee discussion and vote to subpoena.
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