Anger at VA grows after employees plead the Fifth

Lawmakers are renewing calls to hold Department of Veterans Affairs officials accountable for misconduct after two VA employees refused to answer questions during a congressional hearing Monday evening.

Kimberly Graves and Diane Rubens had both received subpoenas to appear before the House Veterans Affairs Committee Monday, where they both invoked their Fifth Amendment rights when questioned about alleged abuse of a VA program that compensates employees for transferring locations.

Both Rubens and Graves could still be called back before the committee. An aide told the Washington Examiner the panel is in the process of deciding its next move.

Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House VA committee, said in his final statements that the panel may still call Allison Hickey, the VA's former top benefits official, to appear for questioning.

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