As has been widely reported, Mr. Walpin was the lead federal investigator into financial abuses committed by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson – a major Obama backer caught misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money.
As a result of Mr. Walpin’s investigation, the corporation that runs AmeriCorps agreed that Mr. Johnson should be barred from receiving any federal grant money in the future, while Justice Department officials began investigating criminal charges against him. Unsurprisingly, though, Mr. Johnson began receiving preferential treatment from the Obamas and their corrupt cronies almost as soon as the new president took office.
Despite Mr. Johnson’s acknowledged misconduct, a new AmeriCorps leader and a new acting U.S. attorney began pushing for a settlement that would lift his suspension and free him from having to repay the money he stole from the taxpayers.
Their rationale? The city of Sacramento would be unable to receive federal bureaucratic bailout dollars unless Mr. Johnson’s suspension was lifted – a fact Mr. Johnson deliberately deceived Sacramento voters about during his campaign.
Mr. Walpin opposed any such “deal.” In fact, when it became clear Mr. Johnson’s suspension would be lifted, he wrote to Congress explaining the horrible precedent that would be set by stripping inspectors general of their primary enforcement tool.
In response to Mr. Walpin’s insistence that the law be followed, Mr. Obama set an even worse precedent. He fired Mr. Walpin.
Read the rest in The Washington Times.
If a man is fired for doing his job safeguarding the taxpayer money, how many other people have been or are going to be fired for doing their jobs? IRS agents investigating government official tax evasion? CBO officials for tallying up how much ObamaCare is going to cost? Justice department officials investigating ACORN?