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Obama Blocks Probe Of Fired IG
Judicial watch ^ | December 23, 2009 | judicial watch

Posted on 12/23/2009 4:08:48 PM PST by opentalk

Violating its own guarantee of unprecedented transparency, the White House is blocking an investigation into the controversial firing of an inspector general who exposed one of President Obama’s political supporters—a California mayor—for misusing federal funds.

First Lady Michelle Obama was reportedly behind the contentious June dismissal of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin and congressional investigators want to interview the aide (Jackie Norris) who may have given the order. At the time Norris was the First Lady’s chief of staff but the White House counsel’s office has blocked investigators from interviewing her, according to a national news report.

Norris is currently a senior advisor at the organization that oversees AmeriCorps, the country’s national services program which annually receives millions of federal dollars to conquer everything from illiteracy to affordable housing and the environment. During his tenure as inspector general, Walpin exposed a multi million-dollar fraud scheme in AmeriCorps' most expensive program, a teaching fellow project at the City University of New York, and he busted a Sacramento charity, operated by a powerful Obama ally who happens to be the city’s mayor, for misusing nearly $1 million in federal grants.

The mayor (Obama pal Kevin Johnson) illegally used the money to pay volunteers for political activities, run personal errands and even wash his car. Johnson, a former professional basketball player, acknowledged that there “may have been administrative errors” and reached a settlement with federal prosecutors to repay about half of the money. This certainly indicates that Walpin did his job of rooting out government fraud, waste and abuse quite efficiently.

It also explains why Obama has yet to come up with a valid reason—other than retaliation for busting his corrupt friend—to fire Walpin. The president violated a law that safeguards the independence of government agency watchdogs and the Democratic senator (Missouri’s Claire McCaskill) who authored the measure blasted the commander-in-chief for removing an inspector general who exposed widespread waste in taxpayer-financed community service groups.

Obama “failed to follow the proper procedure” in notifying Congress about the removal and for failing to give a valid reason for the termination, according to McCaskill. Obama first said that he lost confidence in Walpin and later amended the story by claiming that that the otherwise efficient watchdog was “confused” and “disoriented” at a meeting.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: americorps; chiefofstaff; corruption; cultureofcorruption; democratcorruption; geraldwalpin; ig; jackienorris; kevinjohnson; michelleobama; obama; obstructionofjustice; transparency

1 posted on 12/23/2009 4:08:48 PM PST by opentalk
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To: opentalk
Violating its own guarantee of unprecedented transparency,

O come on. "Obfuscation" is the new "transparency."

2 posted on 12/23/2009 4:10:30 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (markets don't fail. intervention does.)
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To: opentalk

transparency...


3 posted on 12/23/2009 4:10:34 PM PST by clintonh8r (Oath Keeper and Manhattan Declaration signer)
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To: opentalk
"Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency," Obama said.

File this with the rest of this fraud's campaign promises.

4 posted on 12/23/2009 4:10:50 PM PST by skeeter
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To: opentalk

This is just not surprising.


5 posted on 12/23/2009 4:10:57 PM PST by writer33 (Rush Limbaugh Is "The Passion" of Conservatism And Pretty Good At That Radio Thingy)
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To: opentalk

Archibald Cox could not be reached for comment.


6 posted on 12/23/2009 4:13:36 PM PST by pogo101
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To: opentalk

“...The president violated a law that safeguards the independence of government agency watchdogs...”

A U.S. President who commits high crimes and misdemeanors is impeachable - yes?

Does anyone else think this merits impeachment?


7 posted on 12/23/2009 4:14:11 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: skeeter

He keeps saying “transparency.” I’m reminded of Inigo Montoya’s rejoinder, in “The Princess Bride,” to the Sicilian’s constant use of “inconceivable.”

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”


8 posted on 12/23/2009 4:14:52 PM PST by pogo101
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To: opentalk
"the White House is blocking an investigation into the controversial firing of an inspector general who exposed one of President Obama’s political supporters—a California mayor—for misusing federal funds. "

One thing is for sure about this obama cat...he watches after his "friends".

How many things that could lead back to burning his ass has he "blocked" so far? The funny part is, just about everyone he is protecting from prosecution, is black, or muslim;(i.e. Prof. Gates, Fort Hood bomber, etc) Does that make him a "black supremist"?

He has made himself INVINCIBLE...maybe that picture of him hawking the pose of the Superman statue was a hidden message to all us peons.

Someone needs to find the "kryptonite" that will stop this madness, and return us to sanity.

We have a lunatic in charge. There has got to be someone who can go around his blockades and around "ramadan" Emanual to spread some light on all of these "blockades".
9 posted on 12/23/2009 4:16:39 PM PST by FrankR (obama was not an election, it was an INVASION of the United States.)
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To: opentalk

I just got home and turned the news on TV. I’m sure they led with this story so I must have missed it.


10 posted on 12/23/2009 4:16:45 PM PST by AGreatPer (Impeach Obama)
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To: opentalk

Since the investigation is also related to misuse of funds I’d think obstruction of justice would be even more important.


11 posted on 12/23/2009 4:18:51 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver; AGreatPer

Obstruction of justice at the highest levels of government is an important story. But this .....

We live in sad times.


12 posted on 12/23/2009 4:20:51 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: opentalk
This is sure explode across CNN and the New York Times any moment now...Yup, any time now...


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

13 posted on 12/23/2009 4:21:07 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: FrankR
It is crazy that this it the second time First Lady’s chief of staff has been involved in an issue, and protected from being questioned by the Whitehouse.
14 posted on 12/23/2009 4:25:44 PM PST by opentalk
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To: opentalk

Obama “failed to follow the proper procedure”

3 more years of seeing that statement ahead.


15 posted on 12/23/2009 4:26:52 PM PST by ColdOne (ColdOne (Merry Christmas))
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To: ColdOne

Obama is rarely called on his lies. And there are thousands. And not little white lies.


16 posted on 12/23/2009 4:31:12 PM PST by AGreatPer (Impeach Obama)
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To: opentalk

Where are Bernstein and Woodward when we need them?


17 posted on 12/23/2009 4:31:32 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Join the TEA Party Rebellion!! May God and TEA save the Republic!!)
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To: opentalk
correction, rogers was social secretary,also staff and friend of Michelle Obama
18 posted on 12/23/2009 4:31:50 PM PST by opentalk
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To: FrankR
"Someone needs to find the "kryptonite" that will stop this madness, and return us to sanity. "

His birth certificate?
19 posted on 12/23/2009 4:33:24 PM PST by JoSixChip (Leaning toward Sarah Palin/Allen West 2012)
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To: JoSixChip
"His birth certificate? "

That would work, but he's tucked safely away in a lead-lined box and it's going to be hard to find.

I think the best idea I've heard is to get just one state to pass a law requiring that any candidate for President must show, and file, his/her birth certificate before being allowed on the ballot in that state. At least that would help if he tries to run for re-election.

Also, keep exploring the "back doors", i.e. passports, school records, etc...anything that would have required a birth certificate to participate in.

As crazy as the bastard is, I think he's already been exposed to "red kyrptonie".
20 posted on 12/23/2009 4:42:16 PM PST by FrankR (obama was not an election, it was an INVASION of the United States.)
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To: Jim Robinson

They and their lefty jourbalist cronies are busy trying to cover up the story.


21 posted on 12/23/2009 4:46:35 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Jail Al Gore and the Climate Frauds!)
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To: opentalk
the White House is blocking an investigation

Why is this possible? Is there no one in the bloated federal bureaucracy who values their country ahead of their worthless, meaningless jobs? I think that if ANYONE would stand up to this arrogant whitehouse they would confront a paper tiger just as has Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc., etc. Hussein Obama is an empty suit with a big mouth.

22 posted on 12/23/2009 5:14:35 PM PST by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: opentalk

It is called obstruction of justice and is an impeachable offense.


23 posted on 12/23/2009 5:23:30 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: opentalk

Good. Obamagate coming.


24 posted on 12/23/2009 5:38:11 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: SatinDoll
Does anyone else think this merits impeachment?<

Oh, hell yes ! Signed, Richard Nixon.

25 posted on 12/23/2009 5:55:12 PM PST by Red Boots
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To: the invisib1e hand

Transparency, as in bald-faced lie.


26 posted on 12/23/2009 6:57:44 PM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: opentalk
did an image search for gerald walpin and came up with this
27 posted on 12/23/2009 8:12:47 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated (Abortion-Euthanasia kills the very people for whom Social Justice is needed.)
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