Hi there,

If you think Democracy Now!’s reporting is a critical line of defense against war, climate catastrophe and authoritarianism, please make your donation of $10 or more right now. Today, a generous donor will DOUBLE your donation, which means it’ll go 2x as far to support our independent journalism. Democracy Now! is funded by you, and that’s why we’re counting on your donation to keep us going strong. Please give today. Every dollar makes a difference—in fact, gets doubled! Thank you so much.
-Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.


Report: VA Chief Shulkin Misused Taxpayer Funds for European Junket

HeadlineFeb 15, 2018

Back in the United States, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is set to face tough questions before a House panel today, after a government report found he misused more than $120,000 in taxpayer funds to bring his wife along on an official trip to Europe that saw the pair visiting castles, taking boat rides and attending the Wimbledon tennis tournament. The scathing report by the U.S. inspector general found Shulkin’s chief of staff doctored an email to convince an ethics lawyer to approve a $4,300 ticket to fly Shulkin’s wife overseas. Investigators also found another of Shulkin’s aides “effectively acted as a personal travel concierge,” spending many hours arranging tourist activities for Shulkin and his wife, rather than conducting official VA business. On Wednesday, Colorado Republican Congressmember Mike Coffman called on Shulkin to resign, tweeting, “It’s exactly corruption and abuses like this that doesn’t help our veterans.” Shulkin has been summoned to answer questions at the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs today.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation