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May 29th, 2014
05:21 PM ET

Growing crowd of Democrats turn on Shinseki

(CNN) – It wasn't surprising from Republicans, but now a growing number of Democrats are joining the call for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down.

At least 19 house Democrats and eight Senate Democrats so far want him to walk the plank, after they got a taste of an internal watchdog report that claims excessive appointment delays – and cover-ups to hide those delays – are "systemic throughout" the VA health care system.

It's one of three investigations into this national disgrace going on right now, and they all follow the story CNN first broke about outrageous wait times, even a secret waiting list, at the Phoenix VA hospital.

To hear the White House tell it, Shinseki won't go anywhere until all the findings are in.

"The President wants to see the results of these reports and he, as you know, made clear that there ought to be accountability once we establish all the facts," Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday.

But many of lawmakers have already seen enough. More of them, seemingly by the hour, are demanding that Shinseki go, and go right now.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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