Whistleblower Calls for 'Public Prosecutions' of VA Officials
President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order to create an "Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection" at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The office will investigate allegations of misconduct – including retaliation against whistle-blowing employees who reported abuses and long wait times – and duplication within the agency's workforce.
"With the creation of this office, we are sending a strong message: Those who fail our veterans will be held, for the first time, accountable," Trump said during a signing ceremony at the VA headquarters.
A whistle-blowing VA employee, Scott Davis, joined Neil Cavuto on "Your World" today to react to the order and explain what else he wants to see from the Trump administration.
He said he's encouraged to see the president focusing on veterans' issues and showing support for whistleblowers, but he wants to him do even more to hold VA employees accountable for any wrongdoing.
"As the president himself just stated, a number of these veterans died. And I think the question many whistleblowers and veterans have is: What is the role of the Department of Justice in this?" Davis said.
He explained that the VA can't be trusted to police itself and investigate whistleblower complaints.
"If VA officials have been truly found to engage in activity that caused veterans to die due to delayed access to VA health care, then there should be some public prosecutions of VA officials," Davis said. "And I think that's kind of the message we're looking to hear from the administration."
Cavuto pointed out that right now, it's difficult to fire a VA employee, let alone prosecute them.
Davis said that's because the VA bureaucratic leadership - which is still largely in place - doesn't want to fire these employees.
"There needs to be sort of a game plan on how to hold people accountable," Davis said.
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