House Subpoenas VA Secretary to Testify on Veterans’ Deaths, Health Care Delays

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki / AP

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki / AP

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The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee voted Thursday to subpoena Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki over fatal health care delays to dozens of veterans at VA hospitals.

According to CNN:

The Shinseki subpoena will cover e-mails that allegedly discussed the destruction of a secret list, first reported by CNN, of veterans waiting for care at a Phoenix VA hospital.

The panel agreed to issue the subpoena in a voice vote Thursday morning.

Shinseki told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that he would not resign over allegations that U.S. veterans died awaiting care at VA hospitals across the country.

“I serve at the pleasure of the president,” Shinseki told the newspaper when asked whether he would step down. “I signed on to make some changes. I have work to do.”