Transcript for Veterans Affairs Secretary Fighting to Keep His Job on Capitol Hill
Used today of the outrageous treatment of veterans at some VA hospitals. Evidence of treatment delay -- and the consequent covered up. Today the head of veterans affairs appear before congress fighting to keep his job and telling a senate panel he -- quote mad as hell. ABC's senior national correspondent Jim novel on the showdown tonight. General -- -- a wounded Vietnam veteran himself. Has been under fire before but today on Capitol Hill it was his reputation not his life on the line. Our people quote unquote cooking the books have you ever fired anybody when you find out that they manipulate the records -- you explain to me why you should dollars isn't there. Evidence here. Criminal wrongdoing -- he now faced with new evidence of a widespread scheme by executives at his veterans' hospitals across the country. To hide a patient delays. A scandal that started in Phoenix where a whistle blower alleges that as many as forty Betts died while waiting months to see a doctor they never came in the door we never saw them today secretary shinseki for the first time. Confirmed he has seen evidence of cooking the books at some VA hospital. Any adverse -- -- -- like this. Makes me -- Makes you mad as -- What he doesn't know he says and won't until an inspector general's report is expected to be finished this August. Is whether hiding those long delays is to blame for any deaths. A national scandal that would cost high level jobs perhaps -- -- you -- -- up -- -- ABC news Capitol Hill.
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