Emails suggest bias in Phoenix VA probe, say critics

Richard J. Griffin has come under fire for his work as lead investigator in the probe into malfeasance at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System, according to the Washington Post. Griffin, the VA's acting inspector general, wrote in his report that he was "unable to conclusively assert" that patients had died within the Phoenix system directly because of long wait times. The investigation uncovered incidents such as a patient who waited six weeks before a diagnosis of terminal lung cancer and another who committed suicide before he was able to get an appointment for mental health issues. The reveal of emails showing Griffin allowed VA officials to review the report have led many to question the objectivity of the investigation. Article