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Nancy Pelosi: Firing Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki 'rewards' wrongdoers

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki would "reward" wrongdoers at the department.

"I think it rewards those who have been misleading the secretary to say he should go because they misled him," Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press briefing. "But, on the other hand, we have to just get the facts as to what that was and make evidence based decisions."

Later in the briefing, Pelosi expressed openness to the idea that Shinseki would be the man to lead the VA through the scandal.

"Maybe we keep the same person there who is reviewing the same set of facts, we'll see," she said.

Last week, Pelosi faulted former President George W. Bush for the VA scandal. "Maybe when we go into war, we should be thinking about its consequences and its ramifications," Pelosi said. "You would think that would be a given, but maybe it wasn't. And so, we go in a war in Afghanistan, leave Afghanistan for Iraq with unfinished business in Afghanistan. Ten years later, we have all of these additional veterans. In the past five years, two million more veterans needing benefits from the VA. That's a huge, huge increase."

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