Criminal Investigation Opened For Phoenix VA
It would have been nice to hear this from the Attorney General, announcing that he is Doing His Job. Alas, no
(Fox News) FBI Director James Comey confirmed Wednesday that the bureau’s Phoenix branch has opened a criminal investigation of the Veterans Affairs Department, amid mounting calls on Capitol Hill for the Justice Department to get more involved.
Comey confirmed the bureau’s involvement during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. Officials previously made clear that federal prosecutors were helping in an inspector general investigation, but the probe by Phoenix FBI agents marks a new phase.
The additional probe comes as internal audits show the expanding scope of the scandal where thousands of military veterans endured long wait times for VA medical care, and VA officials apparently covered up those wait times in order to make their internal numbers look better.
Maybe they find criminal wrongdoing, maybe they don’t. Either way, there are so many problems with the Phoenix branch that outside agencies are needed to investigate the VA, and not just the Phoenix branch, but the entire Veterans Affairs Dept. The internal probe was certainly tough, finding a myriad of issues plaguing the VA. Yet, has anyone been found culpable and disciplined? Terminated? VA Secretary Eric Shinseki was finally forced to fall on his sword, but what of the people who were actually instituting the waiting lists?