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VA chief under investigation for allegedly having staffer run errand with him at Home Depot: report

VA chief under investigation for allegedly having staffer run errand with him at Home Depot: report
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Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress slogs toward COVID-19 relief, omnibus deal A crisis that unites veterans OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden taps ex-Obama chief for VA | Shutdown looms amid standoff | SCOTUS rules on rape cases in military MORE is under investigation for allegedly having a member of his security team shop with him at Home Depot and then carry furniture into Shulkin’s home, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The incident is reportedly included in an ongoing audit into whether the agency head used security staffers for personal errands. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE is reportedly considering firing Shulkin and replacing him with Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryWhite House advisers preparing to launch nonprofit to promote Trump policies: report Chip Roy fends off challenge from Wendy Davis to win reelection in Texas The Memo: Texas could deliver political earthquake MORE, as Shulkin faces ongoing political infighting within the VA.

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Shulkin has claimed that political appointees in the department are undermining him. The Washington Post reported last week that the VA head now has an armed guard at his door and has canceled all meetings with the Trump appointees.

Chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE has warned Shulkin to stop creating drama in the VA and to get his act together, Axios reported Sunday. He also reportedly promised to help Shulkin with his staffing issues.

However, Kelly was blindsided when Shulkin told the media that the White House official supported the removal of VA staffers that didn’t back Shulkin, according to Axios.

The VA secretary also came under scrutiny after the department’s inspector general found he had improperly used government resources on a trip to Europe with his wife last year, including having the VA foot the bill for his wife's airfare and accepting a pair of Wimbledon tickets.