FBI Opens Criminal Probe of VA After Scandal

The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs after a scathing watchdog report that found systemic problems in the medical system for military veterans, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday.

Comey said at a congressional hearing that the investigation was being led by the FBI’s field office in Phoenix, where an inspector general report last month confirmed allegations of excessive waiting times and inappropriate scheduling practices at a hospital there.

He did not elaborate on the investigation, but a U.S. law enforcement official said earlier in the day that the Justice Department had formally asked the FBI to assist in reviewing materials provided by the inspector general’s office. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing criminal investigation on the record.