Obama fires watchdog who barked at his crony

Obama fires watchdog who barked at his crony
Rush Limbaugh calls action illegal, 'bigger' than Alberto Gonzales fray

Posted: June 13, 2009
7:25 pm Eastern

By Drew Zahn
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Gerald Walpin

Former Inspector General Gerald Walpin filed two reports exposing gross misappropriation of federal AmeriCorps funds by a prominent Barack Obama supporter and was shortly thereafter fired by the White House, circumstances he told WND are likely linked and others have called an outright illegal action by the administration.

"I think you have to look at the facts and the circumstances and reach your conclusions," Walpin said in a WND interview. "I will tell you that [my firing] came only after we had issued those two reports to Congress, and I don't think that's a coincidence."

Further, Walpin said, "I am convinced that I and my office are not guilty of any impropriety. In essence, I was fired for doing my job."

Independent, federal inspectors general are supposed to be granted special protection from political interference – thanks in part to a law co-sponsored by the then-Senator Barack Obama – to ensure that they are free to investigate waste and fraud uninfluenced by political cronyism.

But after Walpin dared to push for action against the St. HOPE Academy program – run by Obama supporter and former NBA star Kevin Johnson – which had misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal AmeriCorps funds, he nonetheless found himself fired by the White House under circumstances that have led some to wonder if Obama has violated his own co-sponsored law in retaliation.

"There are two big questions about the president's actions," writes Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner. "One, why did he decide to fire Walpin? And two, did he abide by the law that he himself co-sponsored?"

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Radio talk host Rush Limbaugh fired off an answer to York's questions on his program yesterday:

"Firing an inspector general is a big deal. If you'll remember, Alberto Gonzales as attorney general fired a couple of U.S. attorneys. He took hell for it. This is bigger. Inspectors general are supposed to be completely above politics," Limbaugh commented. "This is big. This is political cronyism, power and so forth. … I'm telling you, firing an I.G., because they're not political, it is a much bigger deal than replacing United States attorneys."

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Comment by Kenny on June 15, 2009 at 1:33pm
Amazing Obama continues to basically do what he chooses to do. When will the American people finally stand up and say ok Barry enough is enough. We are taking our country back!!!
Comment by Maureen Gerrish on June 15, 2009 at 4:44pm
Obama Suit Scheduled For Supreme Court Conference
Obama Fires U.S. Whistleblower Who Uncovered $$ 75 Million ACORN-type fraud !

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I have filed a supplementary brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in Case No. 08-9797 objecting to the failure of Barack Obama to file an answer, and requesting that the Supreme Court enable newer evidence in the Obama birth issue. The Supreme Court has set this case for a conference on June 18th.

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Comment by Thomas Adair on June 16, 2009 at 6:59am
Ironically, Obummer violated a law passed last year in congress, which he co-sponsored, that requires POTUS to give the IG AND Congress 30 days notice and the reason for firing them.

How many more conspiracies is it going to take for this usurper to be brought to justice?

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