Jun 03 2014
Washington, D.C. – The Office of U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement by Communications Director Brian Rogers:
“The Arizona Republic’s article today alleging that Senator McCain’s office was ‘slow to take action’ on a VA whistleblower complaint by Dr. Sam Foote is totally inaccurate, particularly given that our office provided to the Republic documentation showing we responded to Dr. Foote’s letter within 48 hours. To set the record straight, please see the timeline below outlining Senator McCain’s appropriate response to Dr. Foote’s letter:
Wednesday, February 5, 2014: McCain Office records receipt of letter from Dr. Foote addressed to Inspector General alleging VA misconduct.
Friday, February 7, 2014: McCain Office emails Dr. Foote offering to begin looking into allegations, provided that he sign a privacy release form or make the complaint anonymous, which has always been required for our staff to pursue any constituent case, to protect Arizonans’ privacy and confidentiality.
~ No word from Dr. Foote ~
March 21, 2104: After not hearing back from him, McCain Office calls Dr. Foote, who declines to sign privacy form to begin investigation, and informs McCain Office that he has been speaking directly with the Inspector General investigating the Phoenix VA.
“Senator McCain greatly appreciates the efforts of Dr. Foote and other whistleblowers who have helped bring to light serious problems in veterans’ care across the nation. He is also very proud of the work our office does every day to help Arizona’s veterans, including handling more than 2,400 VA-related cases since January 2013.”