Two senior officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs have
pleaded the Fifth Amendment in front of a House Veterans’ Affairs
Committee hearing on relocation bonus corruption.
Philadelphia and Wilmington VA regional offices director Diana Rubens
and St. Paul VA regional office director Kimberly Graves pleaded the
Fifth and refused to answer any of the numerous questions put forward by
HVAC chairman GOP Rep. Jeff Miller.
“Sir, I’ve been advised by counsel not to answer that question to
protect my rights under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution,” Rubens
repeated multiple times.
The five employees from the VA involved in the incident appeared
Monday evening before HVAC under subpoena. The subpoena to appear — the
first ever issued in the committee’s history — was deemed necessary
because the VA did not allow the witnesses to show up to the first
hearing on the subject.