GOP lawmaker calls for Shulkin to resign

GOP lawmaker calls for Shulkin to resign
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Republican Rep. Mike Coffman (Colo.) is calling for Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinVeterans group sues to block advisers known as ‘Mar-a-Lago Crowd’ from influencing VA Mar-a-Lago insiders provided input on VA policy, personnel decisions: report Ahead of speech, Kansas City newspaper urges Trump to listen to veterans MORE to resign from his post after a VA inspector general's report found he misused government resources for a trip he took last summer to Europe.

"It's exactly corruption and abuses like this that doesn't help our veterans. @SecShulkin must RESIGN now," Coffman tweeted.

The call for Shulkin to step down comes after the release of a watchdog report that says the VA secretary's chief of staff doctored an email to get approval for taxpayer funding for Shulkin's wife's flights, which cost more than $4,000.

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The report also says Shulkin misused government resources by accepting Wimbledon tickets and airfare for his wife as gifts when he took a trip to Europe last summer.

Shulkin said the tickets were from a close personal friend. The inspector general, however, found that he had only met the woman who provided the tickets — Victoria Gosling, an adviser for the Invictus Games — three times at official events.

The report recommended that Shulkin reimburse the VA for his wife's airfare and reimburse Gosling for the cost of the Wimbledon tickets and "any other tangible benefits." It also recommends that the VA "audit the expense vouchers, travel authorizations, and the time and attendance records for all travelers and take any appropriate action to correct any errors."

In a letter to Inspector General Michael Missal, Shulkin wrote that the report "draws conclusions based on subjective and arbitrary criteria."

Shulkin, who was appointed as a VA undersecretary by former President Obama, is the latest Trump Cabinet official to face scrutiny over his travel expenses. Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Cohen reportedly questioned over Trump dealings with Russia | Trump hails economy | Tells workers to 'start looking' if they want a better job | Internal poll shows tax law backfiring on GOP Trump announces tariffs on 0B in Chinese goods Trump: China tariff announcement to come Monday afternoon MORE, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittGovernment watchdog probing EPA’s handling of Hurricane Harvey response Wheeler won’t stop America’s addiction to fossil fuels Overnight Energy: Trump rolls back methane pollution rule | EPA watchdog to step down | China puts tariffs on US gas MORE and Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeTrump administration weakens methane pollution standards for drilling on public lands Big-game hunters infuriated by Trump elephant trophy debacle Interior moves ahead with opening wildlife refuge next to contaminated nuclear site MORE have all been criticized for expensive taxpayer-funded travel. 

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceWhite House officials discussing potential replacements for FEMA chief: report Overnight Health Care: CBO finds bill delaying parts of ObamaCare costs B | Drug CEO defends 400 percent price hike | HHS declares health emergency ahead of hurricane HHS should look into Azar's close ties to the drug industry MORE resigned last year amid an uproar over his repeated use of private jets for official business.