CNNers: White House Could Possibly Fire VA Sec. Eric Shinseki Today

On the politics panel on CNN’s New Day on Friday, just how long Veterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki can hold on in his position dominated the conversation. The reporters on the panel suggested that, with the scandalous revelations about the VA mounting, it was possible that the White House could use the Friday before a holiday weekend to jettison Shinseki.

CNN anchor John King began by noting that both Republicans and Democrats are coming out and calling for Shinseki to resign. King noted that this “fight in the family” could depress Democratic turnout in the midterm elections.

“If you feel you have to run from your White House in a campaign year, you might have to do it –- tactically and strategically –- but it can’t help you,” King said.

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Politico’s Maggie Haberman agreed but noted that it was easier for Democrats who need to create distance from President Barack Obama to use the VA scandal to achieve that rather than the Affordable Care Act.

She later added that she would not be surprised if the White House announced Shinseki’s firing late on Friday so that the news is buried over a holiday weekend.

Watch the clip below via CNN:

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