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November 11, 2009

Documents Reveal Complaint Against Former IG Walpin Was Dismissed

Gerald Walpin is the inspector general fired by the President for being too thorough while looking into Obama pal, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. The President accused Walpin of being unfit for work, erratic, old, and senile, and then tried to quietly put him to pasture. Walpin refused to be bullied, publicly denounced the President's thuggish attempt to fire him, and sued for reinstatement.

In a filing on Monday, Walpin made public a letter dismissing the probe opened against him by the "Integrity Committee" of IGs.

"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.

The investigation had been prompted by an extraordinary April letter from Lawrence G. Brown, then the acting U.S. attorney for the Sacramento area, complaining to the Integrity Committee that Walpin had "overstepped his authority," withheld "potentially significant information at the expense of determining the truth" and engaged in a campaign in the media that damaged the image of the AmeriCorps program.

"He sought to act as the investigator, advocate, judge, jury and town crier," Brown wrote in the April 29 letter.

By then, the investigation of Johnson and how he had used federal funds for his St. HOPE agency to run schools and other endeavors had been closed without criminal charges. The federal government agreed to settle the matter with Johnson and St. HOPE agreeing to repay $400,000 in funds.

In short, Johnson misused federal funds, but got a pass. Walpin was too enthusiastic about doing his job and got fired for it. Boy, this is some country Obama's running.

Background on Walpin's suit and discussion of his options is here.

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