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Inspector General Report

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:31 pm

Veterans Affairs chief Shulkin, staff misled ethics officials about European trip, report finds
Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin’s chief of staff doctored an email and made false statements to create a pretext for taxpayers to cover expenses for the secretary’s wife on a 10-day trip to Europe last summer, the agency’s inspector general has found.

Vivieca Wright Simpson, VA’s third-most-senior official, altered language in an email from an aide coordinating the trip to make it appear that Shulkin was receiving an award from the Danish government, then used the award to justify paying for his wife’s travel, Inspector General Michael J. Missal said in a report released Wednesday. VA paid more than $4,300 for her airfare.

The account of how the government paid travel expenses for the secretary’s wife is one finding in an unsparing investigation that concluded that Shulkin and his staff misled agency ethics officials and the public about key details of the trip. Shulkin also improperly accepted a gift of sought-after tickets to a Wimbledon tennis match, the investigation found, and directed an aide coordinating the trip to act as what the report called a “personal travel concierge” to him and his wife.
This is pretty damning stuff. I don't think he can survive this given that another cabinet official had to resign over a similar scandal. This one is maybe even criminal though if they "doctored" email.
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Re: Inspector General Report

Post by Grammatron » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:41 pm

Thanks Obama

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Re: Inspector General Report

Post by Grammatron » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:43 pm

corplinx is right, Trump is the best thing to happen to the office of POTUS. The media finally is learning how to do its job.

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Re: Inspector General Report

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:00 am

Well, I think we can thank the Inspector General for this one. The media at least read the report and reported it, but the Inspector General did the investigation and wrote the report.
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Re: Inspector General Report

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:01 am

It's disappointing that it was Shulkin. I actually remarked at the time that he seemed to be a good choice with the right expertise, and 100 senators, Democrats and Republicans alike, agreed that he was a good choice. Too bad he succumbed to the temptation to take a little extra advantage of his position. Can't blame Trump for this one, everyone thought he was a great pick.
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