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Obamas Channel Nixon, Part 157

I am just STUNNED, I tell you — STUNNED. (h/t – Instapundit)

No inspector general can unearth corruption without access to his office, computer or staff. An “administrative leave” putting an IG in that position has the same effect, for all intents and purposes, as an immediate firing. That’s the basic logic behind former Inspector General Gerald Walpin’s lawsuit demanding at least temporary reinstatement to his job as watchdog at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). New revelations about the case from two lawmakers indicate that there is good reason to suspect duplicity from those who helped force Mr. Walpin’s overnight removal in June.

In the past 10 days, two major developments have occurred. First, Obama administration attorneys continued their efforts to deny Mr. Walpin his day in court. On Dec. 7, they filed reply briefs rearguing their demand that the case be dismissed without even a hearing. Second, Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, both Republicans, have openly questioned the honesty of CNCS Chairman Alan D. Solomont. Most explosively of all, dirty deeds may have been employed to hide extensive involvement in the affair by the office of first lady Michelle Obama, whom the White House months earlier had announced would play “a central role in the national service agenda.”

Mr. Walpin’s suit claims that President Obama did not abide by the requirement in the Inspector General Act that IGs be given 30 days’ notice before being “removed” from office. Mr. Walpin instead was placed on “paid administrative leave” for 30 days. The new administration brief argues that such “leave” does not constitute “removal.”

Mr. Walpin’s suit explained that the entire reason for the 30-day-notice requirement is to ward off political interference with ongoing investigations. The administrative leave that denied him access to all the tools of his job, he contended, effectively “removed” him just as he was following up on two reports extremely critical of close allies of the Obamas or of Mr. Solomont.

I can’t really decide if Michelle or Barry are more like Nixon…. or the American Perons.  Time will tell.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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7 Comments

  1. Evita and Juan Peron. They had wildly delerious fanatical admirers for a time. A short time. But they were out and out fascists.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — December 20, 2009 @ 8:37 pm - December 20, 2009

  2. Agreed. “Don’t cry for me south Chicago…”

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 20, 2009 @ 9:00 pm - December 20, 2009

  3. Of course, they are handling this the worst way possible. If the GOP retakes one or both houses, The One’s last two years will be spent testifying before one committee after another.

    Best wishes,
    -MFS

    Comment by MFS — December 20, 2009 @ 9:48 pm - December 20, 2009

  4. We get the government we tolerate. Which, in turn, is the government we deserve.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 20, 2009 @ 11:02 pm - December 20, 2009

  5. So much for transparency, unifying the country, and a new kind of politics. As I pointed out during the primary campaign last year, Barack Obama couldn’t even unite the Democrat party (remember the PUMAs?); how naive of voters to think he was going to unify the country.

    Comment by Conservative Guy — December 20, 2009 @ 11:09 pm - December 20, 2009

  6. The Perons easily.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — December 21, 2009 @ 1:29 am - December 21, 2009

  7. Bruce! Yay for a Bruce entry! 🙂

    Comment by Tim — December 21, 2009 @ 2:46 pm - December 21, 2009

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