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Sen. Manchin tours Clarksburg VA hospital after homicide allegations

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – After allegations of patient homicides at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center surfaced late last week, West Virginia’s congressional delegation has been active in calling for details of the investigation to be released on the deaths of Ret. Sgt. Felix Kirk McDermott and George Shaw.

Sen. Joe Manchin-D has been particularly vocal and has reached out to the Secretary of the VA, the administrator of the Clarksburg VA and U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

Friday, Manchin planned to tour the Clarksburg facility and talk with veterans and staff.

Senator Manchin said that he and his staff will sit down with the hospital to discuss the situation.

“I think a year is too long, especially if you are a family member,” Manchin explained. “We want to make sure we know the timeline, what time, how many people were involved. These are all questions we need to answer.”

“The FBI is very much involved. Attorney General Barr told me that they’re going to put all their resources that is needed for this to come to a conclusion as quickly as possible.”

Manchin said that his main concern is to understand what is going on.

“So we’re all working hopefully to bring this to a closure, to make sure we find out exactly what happened,” Manchin explained. “Who ever the perpetrators are, we’ll make sure they pay.”

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