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Second VA whistleblower feared that the VA would destroy records

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - "Kate Mitchell, I have known her for a very long time," said Dr. Sam Foote.

Retired VA Dr. Sam Foote tells us the second whistle blower is one of many VA employees who know about the alleged secret list and that patients may have died while waiting for care.

Congress has launched an investigation along with the VA Office of Inspector General.

"Everybody who works in HAS works with the secret list every single day. They all know, and they have gone in droves to the IG's office," said Foote.

When the initial allegation came out, the head of the House Committee on Veteran Affairs sent a letter to the VA requesting that all documents related to the investigation be preserved. That letter is dated April 9th but in documents obtained by FOX10 the VA did not issue the order to employees until April 17th, an 8 day delay.

That second whistle blower told the Arizona Republic that she feared employees would destroy records.

Now three top leaders at the VA including director Sharon Helman, who denied ordering anyone to keep a secret waiting list, are on paid leave.

"It was completely appropriate for those three individuals to be put on leave and I think they felt the need to do it quickly... there is no possible way, especially with congressional hearing coming up, that this story is going to get pushed away or pushed down," said Dr. Foote.
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