"Somebody messes with me, I'm gonna mess with HIM!" - Robert DeNiro as Al Capone in "The Untouchables."
inspector general who investigates AmeriCorps and other national service programs and has told Congress he is removing him from the position.says he has lost confidence in the
Obama's move follows an investigation by IG Gerald Walpin of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is an Obama supporter and former NBA basketball star, into the misuse of federal grants by a nonprofit education group that Johnson headed.
Walpin was criticized by the acting U.S. attorney in Sacramento for the way he handled an investigation of Johnson and St. HOPE Academy, a nonprofit group that received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants from the Corporation for National Community Service. The corporation runs the .The president didn't offer any more explanation.
(Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa) had written Obama a letter pointing to a law requiring that Congress be given the reasons an IG is fired. He cited a Senate report saying the requirement is designed to ensure that inspectors general are not removed for political reasons.
Grassley said Walpin had identified millions of dollars in AmeriCorps funds that were wasted or misspent and "it appears he has been doing a good job."
Now there's Hope and Change we can all believe in.
The IG found that Johnson, a former all-star point guard for the Phoenix Suns, had used AmeriCorps grants to pay volunteers to engage in school-board political activities, run personal errands for Johnson and even wash his car.
Oh, that doesn't matter, really; Joe Biden essentially promised us that in all this new federal spending there would be waste and graft.
The U.S. attorney's office reached a settlement in the matter. Brown cited press accounts that said Johnson and the nonprofit would repay half of nearly $850,000 in grants it received.And so it goes . . .