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VA Balks at Request for Docs Tied to Trump Pals' Influence

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie testifies during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
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By    |   Tuesday, 09 October 2018 07:01 PM

Veterans Affairs officials have shut down a request to hand over documents to Congress related to accusations that three business pals of President Donald Trump have been privately influencing department decisions, Military Times reported Tuesday.

The standoff comes in the wake of a ProPublica report that identified Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac Perlmutter, primary care specialist Dr. Bruce Moskowitz, and lawyer Marc Sherman as key architects of Trump administration veterans policy.

None hold official government positions; all are Trump confidants and members of his exclusive Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The ProPublica report cited documents allegedly showing frequent contact between the men and top VA officials last year, including discussions on policy matters and personal favors, Military Times reported.

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie has denied the men were part of any policy making.

But in August, House Democrats pressed for correspondence between the businessmen and VA officials. Wilkie refused, citing "ongoing litigation alleging violations of the Federal Advisory Committee Act" making them "not appropriate for release at this time," Military Times reported.

According to Military Times, the claim might be connected to a lawsuit filed by the left-leaning advocacy group VoteVets to block the men from contact with VA leadership on official matters.

Tim Walz, the ranking Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, called the decision "an attempt to stonewall not only a member of Congress, but the American public" — and is demanding the documents be turned over to the committee before the end of the month.

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A request to hand over documents to Congress related to accusations that three business pals of President Donald Trump have been privately influencing department decisions has been shut down by Veterans Affairs officials, according to the Military Times.
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