President Obama plans to meet with embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Wednesday morning in the Oval Office, as the White House starts to get more involved in probing allegations that veterans died while waiting for care.
The White House said Obama will meet with Shinseki as well as the White House deputy chief of staff, Rob Nabors, who is involved in an internal review. The meeting was listed as an “update on the situation at the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
Shinseki, and the White House, have so far rebuffed calls for the secretary to resign. But the controversy is expanding.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s Office said late Tuesday that 26 facilities were being investigated nationwide over allegations of manipulated waiting times and other issues.
The disclosure comes as the House of Representatives prepares to vote Wednesday on a bill that would give VA Secretary Eric Shinseki greater authority to fire or demote senior executives.