Skip to comments.AmeriCorps IG sues government over "unlawful" firing
Posted on 07/18/2009 9:36:17 AM PDT by Kaslin
Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who was summarily fired in June amid controversy over his investigation of a politically-connected supporter of President Obama, has filed suit alleging that the firing was "unlawful," "politically driven," "procedurally defective" and "a transparent and clumsily-conducted effort to circumvent the protections" given to inspectors general under the Inspectors General Reform Act of 2008.
Walpin's suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is against the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps. Also named are Nicola Goren, the acting CEO of the Corporation, Frank Trinity, its general counsel, and Raymond Limon, the Corporation's "chief human capital officer." The suit asks the court to declare Walpin's firing unlawful and restore him to his position as the Corporation's inspector general.
At the time of his firing, Walpin was involved in a dispute with the Corporation's board over his handling a case involving the misuse of hundreds of thousands of dollars in AmeriCorps funds by Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star who is now mayor of Sacramento, California and a prominent supporter of President Obama. The board disapproved of Walpin's aggressive probe of Johnson, and the investigation also sparked conflict with the acting U.S. attorney in Sacramento, because of fears that the probe -- which could have resulted in Johnson being barred from ever winning another federal grant -- might stand in the way of the city receiving its part of billions of dollars in federal stimulus money. This spring, the Corporation's top management decided to lift sanctions against Johnson. Walpin strongly disapproved; at a board meeting on May 20, he frankly criticized board members for going along with that decision to let Johnson off easy.
On June 10, Walpin received a call from Norman Eisen, the Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, giving Walpin an hour either to resign or be fired. Eisen's ultimatum appeared to be a violation of the Inspectors General Reform Act, which requires the president to give Congress 30 days' notice, plus an explanation of the reasons for his action, before firing an inspector general. (Then-Sen. Barack Obama was a co-sponsor of that legislation.) It also appeared that Eisen's call to force Walpin to resign was an effort to push Walpin out of his job so the White House would not have to go through the 30-day process, or give a reason for its action. When Walpin refused to quit, the White House informed Congress and began the 30-day countdown.
In its first explanation of the firing, the White House wrote a letter to Congress on June 11 claiming that President Obama no longer had "the fullest confidence" in Walpin. When lawmakers of both parties demanded a more detailed reason, the White House wrote another letter on June 16 accusing Walpin of being "confused, disoriented [and] unable to answer questions" at the May 20 meeting.
In the suit, Walpin alleges that all three actions were violations of the job protections given to inspectors general. "There have been at least three attempts to unlawfully remove Mr. Walpin from his post," the suit says, "the first orally on June 10; the second by writing on June 11; and the third by writing on June 16."
In addition, Walpin charges that the White House, in its eagerness to remove him for political purposes, never investigated the reasons it cited for the firing. "In the haste to remove Mr. Walpin from his post, not only were there failures to comply with the statutorily-mandated procedures to preserve the integrity of the Inspector General post from politically motivated job actions," the suit says, "no investigation was made into the facts alleged as the basis for Mr. Walpin's termination. In particular, there was no attempt to interview Mr. Walpin or ay members of the staff of the Office of Inspector General who were personally involved in each of the [investigations], nor any of the board members."
Walpin does not ask for any damages in the suit; his demands are that the Court declare the firing unlawful, that he be re-instated to his job, and that his attorneys' fees be paid. The suit was filed late Friday afternoon. For more information on the Walpin case, see here and here and here.
We don’t know if this “illegal” firing has any validity.
It’s likely Walpin is just a racist angry that a black man is power.
-Your friends in the MSM
Watch how long it takes before the media and their cohorts in the dem party start up their slime machine and try to destroy him.
I’ve hoped since I heard this that Walpin would sue. I wish that his legal team would ask for BHO’s long form birth certificate in discovery, to prove the “lawfulness” of BHO to do anything as president.
Thanks for the reminder...We’re adding the keyword “Impeach” to all articles regarding this subject....easier than a ping list.
York on the Walpin lawsuit.
All together now say: IMPEACH!
Get the goods on Zero and IMPEACH.
First, we have to is win the majority back in Congress in the 2010 election. Without it, there is no chance. also we must not make the same mistakes that were made in 1998
Walpin has filed lawsuit....check out links at the end of article for more information.
It will be interesting to see which judge gets the case. Hopefully not J. Robertson who might claim the matter should not be brought to the court by lawyers “with too much time on their hands” and that it has been already been “raised, vetted, blogged, texted, twittered, and otherwise massaged by America’s vigilant citizenry...”
Gerald Walpin is a great American.
Well, THIS kind of stuff is EXACTLY why NIXON had to resign or be impeached. Hope his attorney is taking a stroll down history lane.
The hell we don’t. Inspector Generals are to be given 30 DAYS notice of reason BEFORE being fired. Congress is full aware of that...the law was in recent times passed.!
Good, I’m glad Walpin is fighting this!
Good for Walpin.
Not that the MSM is going to be diverted from their adoration of the administration....
You have to salute people like Walpin who will not be quiet about the thug in the White House and how he does ‘business’. People need to stand up to this fascist and fight for America.