Shinseki resigns as Veterans Affairs secretary


U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki addresses the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans May 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Shinseki is under bipartisan pressure to resign in the wake of an unfolding scandal following a report by the inspector general's office. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

11:32 a.m. Update: President Obama announced after his meeting with Shinseki that he accepted his resignation. “With considerable regret, I accepted,” Obama said. “We don’t have time for distractions,” he added. 

President Obama will meet with embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki at the White House Friday morning as calls for him to step down continue to pile up on Capitol Hill.

The White House said Obama will meet with Shinseki in the Oval Office at 10:15 a.m to discuss the VA scandals that have drawn widespread criticism from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

In an interview with ABC's "Live with Kelly and Michael" that aired Friday morning, Obama vowed to have a "serious conversation" about whether he is equipped to remedy the situation at the VA.

"He's going to report back to me on what he's seen. And I'll have a serious conversation with him about whether he thinks that he is prepared and has the capacity to take on the job of fixing it," Obama said. "Because I don't want any veteran to not be getting the kind of services they deserve."​

The meeting will be closed to the press.

A wave of lawmakers in both parties has called for Shinseki to step down, following the release this week of an independent review that found VA officials had falsified records to conceal how long some veterans had to wait for medical care.

Updated at 9:29 a.m.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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