Remember back in June when AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin was fired after exposing how an Obama crony “misused federal grants” for things like car washes and donations to political campaigns?
The Obama administration initially said they had “lost confidence” in Walpin and basically accused him of having gone senile. Then they phonied up some charges that Walpin had overstepped his authority and abused his office in investigating the Obama crony, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.
Walpin has been cleared of those charges, and now he wants his job back.
“It takes away any basis belatedly set forth by the White House as a reason for my termination,” Walpin said this morning in an interview from his home in New York. “So I am certainly looking forward to a final determination by the court and to be reinstated.”
Walpin filed suit in federal court in Washington, D.C., in July alleging that he was fired improperly while investigating whether Johnson had misused federal grant funds. The government is trying to have the case dismissed, but Walpin filed documents in court late Monday opposing that.
Among the documents was an Oct. 19 letter from the Integrity Committee of the Council of the Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency telling him that the probe against him had been closed.
“After carefully considering the allegations described in the complaint together with your response, the IC determined that the response sufficiently and satisfactorily addressed the matter and that further inquiry or an investigation regarding the matter was not warranted,” committee Chairman Kevin L. Perkins wrote.
Unsurprisingly, the center of the actual criminal investigation, Obama’s bestie Johnson, walked away scot-free. Chicago comes to Washington. The whistle blower gets the heat, and the abuser of public funds gets a pass because of who he knows.
[T]he investigation of Johnson and how he had used federal funds for his St. HOPE agency to run schools and other endeavors [was] closed without criminal charges. The federal government agreed to settle the matter with Johnson and St. HOPE agreeing to repay $400,000 in funds.
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