Did you hear the news? The White House fired an inspector general. I didn’t think so.
Gerald Walpin, inspector general of the government service program AmeriCorps, was canned while he was investigating whether a major Democratic donor tried to use AmeriCorps funds as hush money to keep female students at a charter school in Sacramento from complaining about sexual advances from the donor.
In addition to the possible use of hush money, Walpin had concluded that the misuse of AmeriCorps funds by the charter school was serious enough for him to press for criminal prosecution of the donor. Instead, the chair of AmeriCorps, also a major Democratic fundraiser, cut a deal to allow the man to repay much of the money.
The chair then led a campaign to have the inspector general fired on trumped up charges, according to news accounts.
Did I mention that the year was 2009 and the president was Barack Obama?
Did I mention that the firing probably violated a 2008 law meant to protect inspector generals from political payback and that then-Sen. Obama was a co-sponsor of the law? Obama’s stated rationale for the firing was he no longer had “the fullest confidence in” him as an inspector general. Congress showed no interest in pursuing the matter.
President Donald Trump has recently fired several inspectors general, which has angered some congressional Democrats.
“It is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as Inspectors General. That is no longer the case with regard to this Inspector General,” Trump said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, using the “fullest confidence” line.
Congressional Democrats have launched an investigation of the latest firing by Trump.
Geez man I thought it was about the principles etc.?
First let me compliment you on your use of sources; the Hawaii Free Press? I checked them out a little and LOFL.
But no matter lets get to the crux here;
Against the firing of a guy that’s worked in the administration for nearly four years, who suddenly decides to investigate the Secretary of State for a fraudulent 8 billion dollar arm sale to Sadi terrorists, and is fired immediately based solely on the word of the same Secretary of State that was being investigated, you offer a guy that worked for barely six months, after having been hired by the previous president from a different party, who was investigating NOT the conduct of someone in the administration, but rather the conduct of a donor.
And the Investigator was not only found to have acted in a really weird way by the BIPARTISAN group that received funds (After its May 20, 2009 meeting that discussed Walpin’s report criticizing the St. HOPE Academy settlement agreement and Walpin’s forthcoming report questioning the validity of the largest AmeriCorps program—the Research Foundation of City University of New York (RFCUNY) New York City Teaching Fellows program, the bipartisan CNCS Board of Directors unanimously requested that the White House review Walpin’s conduct as Inspector General) but also by the head of the agency that governs Inspector Generals (On October 19, 2009, the chairman of the Integrity Committee of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency[who?] (CIGIE) notified Walpin that his May 20, 2009, response to an April 29, 2009 complaint about him by acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence G. Brown had sufficiently and satisfactorily addressed the matter and closed the complaint.[)
And why mislead people about whether and what Obama did was a violation of the 2008 law Thomas? Walking filed a lawsuit and it was dismissed as lacking any valid claim that President Obama did anything wrong.
“A federal agency inspector general fired last year by President Barack Obama amid claims of bizarre and incompetent behavior, Gerald Walpin, has lost the first round in his legal bid to win back his job.
On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Roberts threw out a lawsuit Walpin brought in an attempt to be restored to his position at the Corporation for National and Community Service, which runs Americorps and other programs. Walpin has claimed that his firing was political retaliation for his opposition to wasteful spending by the agency and for his aggressive investigation of a friend of Obama, Sacramento Mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson. The White House stridently denied any such motivation.
Roberts said a federal law passed in 2008 with Obama’s support, the Inspector General Reform Act, did not allow Walpin the right to sue over what he contends was an improper removal. The judge also said that the requirement in the statute that Obama give Congress his reasons for any such firing was too vague for the courts to assess whether Obama’s claim that he’d lost confidence in Walpin was sufficient.”
But now that we’ve got passed whatever happened so many years ago, let’s talk about the here and now.
What about the principle of whether it was appropriate for Trump to fire a guy whose job it is to raise questions as to whether the administration violated the law because he raised those questions?
I should think you’d be in favor of that but man after 3 1/2 years of trump you might just be another one of them.
By WSJ’s John Fund.
Nice job, Anon. Conservatives everywhere are trying hard to denigrate other political figures in an attempt to bring them down to Trump’s level. Although Conservatives will indeed stick with Trump even after he shoots someone on 5th Avenue, it’s good to temper their zeal a bit with the truth.
Depends on who he shoots.
After what has transpired with the Mike Flynn circus trial, as an American citizen, I don’t trust the FBI. Or the Department of Justice. 113,114 employees came with the DOJ when Trump took office. In 3 and a half years he’s manage to get rid of some really bad apples but has he got all the “Hillery should have won” Resistance fighters?
I think not.
And don’t worry. Shifty Shift will go for another Impeachment Trial (cause there’s only 5+months to the election). I’m sure this time, he’ll really have “the goods”.
BTW which IG are we talking about here, anyway? Atkinson, the putz that kicked off the Impeachment Charade, or Linick, the Obama-ite? And you know what I find so fascinating about State’s IG? It was vacant at the end of Jorge’s term and wasn’t filled until 6 months after Hillary resigning.
And NOW the democrats want to get up in arms? Talk to me about partisanship, will ya, little p?
[…] Inspector general fired Did you hear the news? The White House fired an inspector general. I didn’t think so. Gerald Walpin, inspector general of the government service program AmeriCorps, was canned while he was investigating whether a major Democratic donor tried to use AmeriCorps funds as hush money to keep female students at a charter school in Sacramento from complaining about sexual advances from the donor. […]