Lawmakers Want Perjury Investigation Over Costly Aurora VA hospital

September 22, 2016

 Some lawmakers say federal prosecutors should investigate whether a former Veterans Affairs Department executive committed perjury when he testified about the cost of a new Denver-area VA hospital.

Florida Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman said Wednesday the Justice Department should investigate Glenn Haggstrom's statements to Congress in 2013 and 2014.

Haggstrom didn't immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

The VA's internal watchdog released a report Wednesday saying Haggstrom knew the project was veering toward huge cost overruns but didn't tell lawmakers that.

Haggstrom was the department's top official in charge of construction projects nationwide. He retired in 2015.

The hospital, now under construction in suburban Aurora, is expected to cost around $1.7 billion, nearly triple the 2014 estimate.

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