FBI Asked to Investigate VA Health Care

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. law enforcement official says the Justice Department has formally asked the FBI to review materials provided by the Veteran Affairs inspector general.

The VA watchdog last month issued a scathing report that confirmed allegations of excessive waiting time at VA hospitals and inappropriate scheduling practices. Troubles at the department forced the resignation last month of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki (shin-SEHK'-ee).

FBI Director James Comey (KOH'-mee) had previously said that the FBI had not been asked to participate in any investigation, but the law enforcement official said the situation has now changed. The official spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing criminal investigation on the record.


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