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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22)

December 14, 2020

Press Release

Congressman Anthony Brindisi, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, called on Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to resign. Following a damning inspector general report alleging abuse of power and stonewalling of an investigation, Brindisi joined several Veterans Service Organizations, including the American Legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in calling for Secretary Wilkie’s resignation.

“Secretary Wilkie has lost the trust of Veterans and the Inspector General’s report outlines negligence and abuse of power by the Washington bureaucrats running the VA,” Brindisi said. “Our Veterans deserve a competent, truthful, and honorable VA and Secretary Wilkie can no longer deliver that.”

The Inspector General report details an investigation into the VA’s handling of a sexual harassment case. According to the report, the VA, and Secretary Wilkie, impeded the investigation. 

According to the report, “This report details the statements and conduct of senior VA leaders that appear to undermine VA’s stated goals of providing a safe and welcoming environment for all veterans and to treat complainants of sexual assault with respect. VA leaders failed to make meaningful efforts to determine what corrective measures may be needed in response to the sexual assault complaint, while engaging the media to focus on the complainant. Together with statements made by Secretary Wilkie and other leaders, this approach points to a lack of genuine commitment by senior leaders to address the serious issues raised by the veteran’s complaint.”