Connecting Vets: Congress members expand investigation of alleged 'Mar-a-Lago Crowd' influence at VA

Lawmakers are expanding their investigation into whether three members of a private club with connections to the president may have “improper influence” at the Department of Veterans Affairs, including the fast-tracking of a controversial antidepressant.

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., and House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., sent letters last week to Dr. Bruce Moskowitz, Marc Sherman and Isaac Perlmut/t/er, members of the club at President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Fla. resort.

In the letters obtained by Connecting Vets, lawmakers cited previous reporting that the three men sometimes referred to collectively as the “Mar-a-Lago crowd” have “exerted significant influence over VA’s policy, personnel and program decisions, even though none of them hold positions at VA or have any government or U.S. military experience.”

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