What is the latest on the VA scandal?
By Andrew Rothstein, The Washington Post Staff WriterThe VA scandal is brewing again and President Donald Trump is continuing to take blame for it.
Here are the latest developments:The Trump administration announced that the VA has opened a criminal investigation into allegations of misconduct at the Phoenix VA health care facility.
The investigation is separate from the one being conducted by the Office of Inspector General, which is conducting its own investigation into VA management.
The VA said it was conducting a criminal probe of VA Secretary David Shulkin and four other executives for allegations of retaliation and retaliation against whistleblowers.
The VA has not identified the individual who was fired but said in a statement that the investigation was ongoing.
The Justice Department has also opened a civil rights investigation into whether the VA retaliated against a whistleblower who filed a complaint against Shulkins in February.
Shulkins has denied any wrongdoing, saying he is cooperating with the investigation.
The investigation into the Phoenix health care scandal has focused on the firing of a whistleblower and his investigation into retaliation against his former boss.
The IG’s investigation is focused on Shulks conduct in connection with his job and his management of the Phoenix facility, which has been plagued by delays and staffing issues.
The Phoenix VA has been under a VA inspector general’s audit since November and the VA’s inspector general said it is “proud to have served the American people in the most efficient and effective manner.”