Interview Highlights

– On two Veterans Administration senior officials who pleaded the 5th Amendment at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing last week about their alleged misconduct: “They know we are going to go after them criminally if they don’t do their job, because it’s a criminal violation of the law not to take care of a veteran who served the United States of America…These people thought they could get away with less than good performance and they didn’t do their job,”

– “We’re now looking over their shoulder, and that’s why they are taking the Fifth Amendment, that’s why they are losing their job, that’s why they’re resigning and that’s why we’re improving the service to our veterans all over the United States.”

– The employees are are accused of improperly pushing out other executives to take over their jobs for their own financial benefit, collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars from an agency relocation program. 

About John Isakson

United States Senator John Isakson is the senior United States Senator from Georgia, in office since 2005, and a member of the Republican Party. Previously, he represented Georgia’s 6th Congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005. Senator Isakson is the only Republican senator to chair two committees in the 114th Congress: the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics. He is also a member of the Senate Committee on Finance. As a member and current chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Isakson has worked tirelessly to bring oversight and accountability to the agency responsible for providing care and support to our nation’s veterans. A veteran himself, Isakson has been a member of the Senate VA Committee since he joined the Senate in 2005, and played a crucial role in the massive VA reform bill, the Veterans’ Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. Georgia is home more than a dozen military bases, as well as more than 750,000 veterans.

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