Update: President Obama announced Gen. Shinseki's resignation at a news conference Friday morning.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized Friday morning for the department's failures and announced he will remove all senior leadership at the Phoenix health care facility that has been at the center of a wait-list scandal that has engulfed the department and threatens to remove him from office.
Shinseki also announced, at a speech before the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans, that no senior leaders at the Veterans Affairs Department will receive a bonus this year, even as calls on Capitol Hill have grown for his resignation.
"I said when this situation began weeks to months ago that I thought the problem was limited and isolated, because I believed that. I no longer believe it. It is systemic. I was too trusting of some, and I accepted as accurate reports that I now know to have been misleading with regard to patient wait times.... I will not defend it, because it is indefensible. But I can take responsibility for it, and I do. So, given the facts I now know, I apologize as the senior leader of the Department of Veterans Affairs. I extend that apology to the people whom I care most deeply about — that's the veterans of the great country, to their families and loved ones who I have been honored to serve for over five years now as the call of a lifetime," Shinseki said.