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Conyers: Not On Board Yet To Call For Veterans Affairs Secretary Resignation

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U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee about wait times veterans face to get medical care May 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. The American Legion called Monday for the resignation of Shinseki amid reports by former and current VA employees that up to 40 patients may have died because of delayed treatment at an agency hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee about wait times veterans face to get medical care May 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. The American Legion called Monday for the resignation of Shinseki amid reports by former and current VA employees that up to 40 patients may have died because of delayed treatment at an agency hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – The White House says President Barack Obama wants to see the full investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs’ health care system before deciding who should be held accountable.

An interim report says there are systemic problems in the VA health care system nationwide.

“We had no idea they had waiting lists that were not public – some may have died as a result of not being treated fairly, a very discouraging thing,” said Michigan Democratic Congressman John Conyers.

Conyers says he is not on board yet with growing calls for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

“I can’t say now, but I can say next week when I’ve really gone into it and find out what role he may have played or should have played in it.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney stopped short of saying if Mr. Obama still has full confidence in the VA secretary.

Even as more and more politicians call for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, the White House on Thursday insisted President Obama will wait to see Shinseki’s internal review of the VA before determining what steps should be taken to ensure there’s accountability at the agency.

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