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The Jus­tice Depart­ment is con­sid­er­ing whether to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions that Veter­ans Af­fairs Depart­ment ex­ec­u­tives lied to Congress to con­ceal mas­sive cost over­runs at the $1.7 bil­lion VA hospi­tal un­der con­struc­tion in Aurora.

The FBI’s Wash­ing­ton field of­fice is re­view­ing the al­le­ga­tions, the Jus­tice Depart­ment said in a let­ter to Congress. The let­ter was dated Fri­day and made pub­lic Tues­day.

The FBI is part of the Jus­tice Depart­ment.

Law­mak­ers ac­cuse VA ex­ec­u­tives of ly­ing when they tes­ti­fied be­fore the House Veter­ans Af­fairs Com­mit­tee in 2013 and 2014 about the cost of the hospi­tal. The cur­rent pro­jected price tag is nearly triple the 2014 es­ti­mate.

VA of­fi­cials had no im­me­di­ate com­ment Tues­day.

A bi­par­ti­san group of 21 law­mak­ers on the Veter­ans Af­fairs Com­mit­tee asked for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Septem­ber. The re­quest came af­ter the VA’s in­ter­nal watch­dog of­fice said the depart­ment’s for­mer top of­fi­cial in charge of con­struc­tion projects knew the hospi­tal cost was soar­ing but didn’t tell Congress.

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