Gerald Walpin is one of the many Inspector Generals in the US government that ensure fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption in the government are investigated and eliminated. Mr. Walpin was appointed by President Bush to be the Inspector General of the AmeriCorps. It is the same federally funded AmeriCorps that saw an increase in funding from the Obama administration.
IG Walpin completed an investigation into allegations that AmeriCorps funds were being misused by the Mayor of Sacramento, CA, Kevin Johnson, a former NBA star and a huge supporter of Obama. IG Walpin has discovered that Mayor Johnson indeed misused AmeriCorps funds for personal use. He was put on suspension and his office was prevented from receiving anymore federal money. At the same time, IG Walpin finished a report that AmeriCorps money was being extensively misused by the City University of New York, which is the biggest program in AmeriCorps.
On the night of June 10, 2009, while driving to an even in upstate NY, IG Walpin received a phone call from Norman Eisen, the Special Counsel to the President on Ethics and Government Reform. Eisen informed Walpin that he should resign or he will be terminated. According to Walpin as reported by the Examiner Eisen said this words, ‘Mr. Walpin, the president wants me to tell you that he really appreciates your service, but it’s time to move on,'” Walpin recalls. “Eisen said, ‘You can either resign, or I’ll tell you that we’ll have to terminate you.” Walpin told Eisen that it is odd that he is being asked to resign in light his investigation of corruption in AmeriCorps and Obama supporter Kevin Johnson. Eisen said it was just a coincidence. Walpin did not resign so he was fired.
2008 Inspectors General Reform Act was passed to enhance the Office of the Inspector General and prevent the political apparatus of the government to influence the Inspector Generals. The law protected the IG from being fired without cause and Congress must be informed in 30 days in writing. Here is the excerpt from the legislation:
Section 3 – Requires the President, the heads of designated federal entities, the Librarian of Congress, the Capitol Police Board, and the Public Printer to communicate to Congress in writing the reasons for removing or transferring an IG no later than 30 days before such removal or transfer.
It appears that the President Obama is in violation of this law.
To top that off HE CO-SPONSORED THE LAW!! And he had his counsel for ETHICS AND GOVT. REFORM TO MAKE THE CALL!!
It appears that anyone who investigates the corruption in the current administration is subject to retaliation.
Did Obama try to muscle out IG Walpin so he can circumvent the law that he co-sponsored?
Do you think it is odd that Obama counsel indicated that the decision was coming from the President himslef? Was the counsel trying to cover his own ass?
Is this the CHANGE Obama supporters voted for?
Or is this CORRUPTION IN THE FIRST DEGREE?
Read the reports from The Examiner here: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Will-Democrats-cover-up-the-AmeriCorps-mess-48112457.html
Read the IG Reform Act of 2008 here: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s110-2324&tab=summary