The House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman revealed on a Washington, D.C. talk radio program Tuesday that Veterans Affairs officials attempted to spy on his committee’s staff investigators looking into allegations regarding the V.A. scandal.
Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., told the host of WMAL’s “Washington’s Drive at Five with Larry O’Connor” that when staffers began working at at the Veterans Benefits Administration regional office in Philadelphia, officials there insisted on “three different occasions” that they move in a room other than where they’d already set up.
After an employee there said it wouldn’t be necessary to move, “VBA’s acting director took that employee outside.” Upon their return, the committee staffers were directed once again to pick up and move — to a specific room on a different floor.
“In that room, both of the mics were hot and the camera itself was activated,” Miller told O’Connor.
Miller added, “My staff said, ‘We’re not going to do it in this room,’ and they requested to be taken to another room.”
Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey was confronted with this information at a congressional VA hearing Monday night. “there was no attempt to deny that it had occurred,” Miller told O’Connor.
No big deal — just anther day in the Obama administration.
Listen to the interview, via WMAL Washington.