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May 21st, 2014
06:06 PM ET

Shinseki: Right on Iraq troop levels, but right man for VA?

(CNN) – President Barack Obama promises to hold accountable anyone who has manipulated or falsified records at veterans hospitals, once the various investigations and reviews run their course.

The controversy has mushroomed since CNN first reported the problem last November in a detailed investigation examining several VA hospitals.

Obama is sending a White House official to Phoenix Wednesday to visit the VA facility and interview the interim director there.

In a new development, Veterans Affairs Secretary Gen. Eric Shinseki has rescinded an $8,495 bonus awarded to Phoenix VA Director Sharon Helman last month. Helman is on administrative leave in response to the allegations of misconduct under her watch.

But this is a much bigger issue than just one person's compensation.

The President called Shinseki to the White House this morning, but anyone who was waiting for Shinseki to get the boot will, like our wounded veterans, have to keep waiting.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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