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May 21st, 2014
10:39 PM ET

Obama: Shinseki stays despite calls for resignation

The fallout continuing to grow over the scandal at America's veteran hospitals. The House just passed a bill that cuts through the red tape and makes it easier to fire senior officials at Veteran Affairs for misconduct.

The bill comes as President Barack Obama finally broke his silence Wednesday after meeting with embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

Obama: Shinseki stays for now, but VA misconduct will be punished

The president went before the American public to express his outrage and frustration over the alleged misconduct revealed by CNN that may have resulted in the deaths of at least 40 veterans in Arizona.

"If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period," the President Obama said.

For now, the president is standing by Shinseki.

But as the crisis continues to snowball, Democrats are breaking with the President.

In interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar, Democratic Congressman John Barrow from Georgia explains why he's now calling for Shinseki's resignation.

"It's a whole lot easier for someone new to investigate and you also get to a point where someone needs to be held accountable," Barrow said. "People died as a result of this."

OutFront, Andy Card, the former White House Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, and Bill Burton, the Former Deputy White House Press Secretary for President Obama.


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