Breitbart News is reporting that a new audit of $10 billion in VA loan payments, which were misused for political purposes, has found that “at least 10 million” taxpayer dollars were misappropriated, according to the VA inspector general’s report.
This comes as VA Secretary David Shulkin and Acting VA Secretary Kevin Buckley have been accused of using taxpayer funds to enrich themselves while running the VA.
In an open letter, the senators said they will seek answers from the VA Inspector General on the matter, which was reported on by the Washington Examiner.
The letter, signed by Sens.
John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, Joe Manchin, and Claire McCaskill, outlines the findings of the VA IG report.
The VA IG has not yet provided a comment on the report.
In its audit of the loans, the VA stated that, “We have no evidence to support the claim that the funds were misdirected for partisan political purposes.”
The IG report said the loans were used to repay the loans from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which provided the loans to the Veterans Affairs Department.
The IG also said that the loans could have been used to pay off debt that could have had a negative impact on veterans, and that the VA had used taxpayer funds “to fund political campaigns in an effort to win political influence and influence over VA.”
The VA Inspector general’s findings are expected to be made public in the coming weeks, with the full report expected in the fall.
A number of Republicans have been quick to seize on the VA audit as evidence of an Obama administration cover-up over the VA scandal.
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., said that, if confirmed by the Senate, Shulkins and Buckley would “be allowed to continue to hide behind the VA to enrich their own political fortunes.”
Sen. Jeff Flake has also weighed in on the scandal, calling the VA report “the latest in a long line of lies from the Obama Administration.”
A number others have spoken out against the VA’s scandal.
The Congressional Black Caucus called for the resignation of Shulkser and Buckley.
Sen. Tim Scott, R -S.C., said the VA should resign from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sen, Chris Murphy, D-Conn., called for Shulkaser to resign, saying that he has “failed to take the steps needed to root out wrongdoing by the VA, and the American people deserve a full accounting of the mismanagement of VA taxpayer dollars.”