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(CNN) – Following a report from CNN, the chair of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Jeff Miller, R-Florida, is calling on the acting secretary of Veterans Affairs to investigate whether VA employees broke the law.
Last week, CNN reported that officials within the national Department of Veterans Affairs tried to stall, if not block, two Pennsylvania congressmen's attempts to find out about hundreds of veterans on wait lists for years, waiting for health care appointments at the Pittsburgh VA.
Read: Congressmen charge VA told local VA hospital to stymie their search for information
In a letter to acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson, Miller questioned "whether the perpetrators have violated the law," naming two individuals identified in CNN's report: Veterans Health Administration's Director of Network Support Vivieca Wright and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Director Terry Gerigk Wolf.
Miller also asked Gibson to explain "steps you are taking to hold the employees involved ... accountable."
According to the two Pennsylvania congressman, Republican Rep. Tim Murphy and Democrat Mike Doyle, Wolf said she knew that there was a waiting list, but was told not to inform the congressional delegation about it for fear she would be fired for disclosing the information.
On Friday, Wolf was put on administrative leave.
Gibson directed that Wolf be "placed on administrative leave, pending the completion of administrative actions related to the Legionella outbreak," according to a statement to CNN on Friday.
"VA leadership has initiated actions with careful consideration of the statutory protections and rights of employees, including due process. While we are focused on completing this process in a timely manner, VA’s priority is to carry out these actions objectively and consistent with applicable administrative guidelines," the statement read.
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