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 ShulkinFormer Trump VA secretary says staffer found plans to replace him in department copier VA under pressure to ease medical marijuana rules Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank 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 MnuchinHillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to 'look at' Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills Trump says he's 'looking at' Apple tariff exemption during tour of Texas plant Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny MORE, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittIs Big Oil feeling the heat? Overnight Energy: EPA delays board's review of 'secret science' rules | Keystone pipeline spill affecting more land than thought | Dems seek probe into Forest Service grants tied to Alaska logging EPA delays advisers' review of 'secret science' rules MORE and Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Energy: House Science Committee hits EPA with subpoenas | California sues EPA over Trump revoking emissions waiver | Interior disbands board that floated privatization at national parks Interior disbands advisory board that floated privatization at national parks Overnight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics MORE have all been criticized for expensive taxpayer-funded travel. 

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