Transcript for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigns and Apologizes, Also Jay Carney Steps Down
They answer that. Good evening on this Friday night. Diane will be back on Monday. We begin with the fallout after the veterans scandal. So many not getting the treatment they needed. Today, we watched as V.A. Secretary Eric shinseki turned in his resignation. He apologized for the system-wide failures of his agency. Jonathan Karl on that major resignati resignation. Reporter: Eric shinseki started the day with a standing ovation from a group representing homeless vets, and an apology for the scandal that left some veterans dying while waiting for health care. I can take responsibility for it. And I do. So, given the facts I now know, I apologize as the senior leader of the department of veterans affairs. Reporter: About an hour later, he was at the white house meeting with the president and falling on his sword. A few minutes ago, secretary shinseki offered me his resignation. With considerable regret, I accept it. Reporter: Pressure on shinseki mounted after this week's report from the v.a.'s internal watchdog found thousands were delayed care and deception throughout the V.A. Health care system. Just before resigning, shinseki took steps to deal with that, announcing senior leaders at the Phoenix V.A. Hospital at the center of the scandal will be fired. And all 1,700 vets who've waited for appointments in Phoenix will be helped immediately. All bonuses for senior V.A. Health officials this year will be cancelled. I said we wouldn't tolerate misconduct, and we will not. I said that we have to do better, and we will. Reporter: President Obama said the problem of long wait times and secret waiting lists took him by surprise. This was not something that we were hearing when I was traveling around the country. The particular issue of scheduling. Reporter: But, over a year ago, the chairman of the house veterans affairs committee warned the president directly about "Management failures, deception, and lack of accountability permeating v.a.'s health care system." Adding, "Your direct involvement and leadership is required." The white house never responded. And Jon, another bombshell. Another big name leaving. Jay carney. One of the longest-serving press secretaries. He had asked the president back in April to leave sometime this summer. The president made it official today, saying that jay has become one of his closest friends. I'm sure he'll enjoy the
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