Miller Statement on VA response to HVAC Subpoena
May 20, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement today regarding VA’s response to a subpoena from the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
“VA’s response to the committee’s subpoena is clearly inadequate and makes me suspicious that the department has something to hide. The subpoena sought e-mails and documents to or from more than two dozen VA officials, including Sec. Shinseki, regarding VA’s admitted destruction of a document department officials have speculated may be the “secret” list cited by Phoenix VA Health Care System whistleblowers. All VA delivered yesterday was about 200 emails from one official, Dr. Thomas Lynch, and nothing else. Considering the fact that there are supposedly 30 people working on responding to the subpoena and the dearth of information VA provided, I am quickly getting the impression the department does not want to fully cooperate in this matter. The committee voted unanimously to issue the subpoena in the first place, and I’d like to move forward in a bipartisan way, so I’m in the process of working with HVAC Ranking Member Mike Michaud to determine the next steps for the committee. I’m fully prepared to press this issue until we get the truth that America’s veterans deserve – whether VA likes it or not.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
Chairman Miller sent this letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki May 1. VA’s May 7 response did not adequately answer all of Chairman Miller’s questions and led to the subpoena.