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Shinseki resigns amid VA scandal

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has resigned.

During a Friday morning press conference, President Obama announced he had accepted Shinseki's resignation earlier.

The statement comes after a private meeting where the two were having what the president described as a "serious conversation" about whether Shinseki can stay in the job. Obama, in an interview, said he planned to ask Shinseki whether he was "prepared and has the capacity" to fix sweeping problems in the VA's nationwide health care system.

The president has faced mounting calls from members of both parties to remove Shinseki. Shinseki suffered another blow on Friday when Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a former top VA official, called for her former boss' resignation.

Earlier Friday morning, Shinseki publicly apologized for the failures in the VA system, while stopping short of offering his resignation. However, responding to an interim inspector general report which found "systemic" problems with clinics lying about patient wait times, Shinseki announced he would oust senior leaders at the Phoenix VA, where allegations of improper scheduling practices first surfaced.

Deputy Secretary Sloan D. Gibson has been tapped to replace Shinseki.

FOX News and the Associated Press have contributed to this article.
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