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May 28th, 2014
04:30 PM ET

Rep. Miller calls for Shinseki's resignation, says VA employees may face criminal charges

(CNN) – Following the release of an initial review of the Veterans Affairs medical facility in Phoenix under fire for delayed care and keeping fraudulent wait lists, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller is now calling for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Gen. Eric Shinseki.

"I had always said we would wait to see what kind of information the (Office of the Inspector General) was able to provide," said Miller. "To have this kind of damning information come out in an interim report, you can only imagine what they're going to be able to come up with if they have several more months to work."

Prominent Republican lawmakers like Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, as well as Colorado Democrat Sen. Mark Udall, facing re-election this year, are also calling for Shinseki's resignation.

"The secretary's been secretary almost twice as long as I have been the chairman, he has had the ability to fix this problem, and he hasn't done it," says Miller. "Somebody's got to pay the price."

Miller said he is also concerned that some in the VA have lied to Congress.

"We’re going to talk to three of the people that in fact have been subpoenaed and we're going to ask them, why are we waiting so long to get the information from the department? I have over 110 requests for information, some go back over two years, trying to find out answers to questions," said Miller.

"Any of the people within the department could, in fact, be brought up on criminal charges, should the facts bear out," said Miller.

The House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman said he suspects supervisors are to blame for cooking the books on wait times.

"It was the people who were getting the bonuses and the promotions to keep the wait times low that cannot be allowed to skate on this issue," said Miller.

For more of our interview with Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Florida, check out the video above.

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