FBI probing obstruction of justice in related Walpin case; Update: Walpin breaks out the Obamateurism defense

posted at 12:55 pm on June 17, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Did the Obama administration rush to close a probe into fraud committed by a political ally before discovering obstruction of justice?  The Sacramento Bee reports that a former official at St. HOPE alleges that now-Mayor Kevin Johnson’s emails relating to the fraudulent use of money were deleted from the servers in order to obstruct the investigation that Gerald Walpin conducted:

The FBI’s Sacramento division is investigating a former St. HOPE executive’s allegations of obstruction of justice, Acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence G. Brown confirmed Tuesday.

The news fuels the controversy that has followed Mayor Kevin Johnson since 2008, when his brainchild St. HOPE Academy first was investigated for misuse of public funds.

That investigation appeared to end in April when Brown’s office announced a settlement with Johnson, St. HOPE and former executive director Dana Gonzalez.

The settlement, hotly contested by the office of the inspector general for the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, required the repayment of more than $400,000 in misused grants for AmeriCorps volunteers.

However, Rick Maya, who officially left his position as executive director with St. HOPE last week, alleged in an April resignation letter that a member of the charter schools’ board deleted Johnson’s e-mails during the federal investigation. Those claims, uncovered by a public records request by The Bee, caught the interest of Brown’s office, who asked the FBI’s Sacramento division to look into it.

Gerald Walpin ran afoul of the Obama administration when he balked at the settlement talks, angry that Johnson didn’t have to return all the money he admitted to gaining from the government through fraud — and that he would once again be allowed to manage federal funds at all.  He reported on his dissent to Congress, after which the White House attempted to bully him into resigning.  When that didn’t work, the White House then announced that Walpin was incompetent and strongly suggested that he was senile as well.

Now, it looks like the White House is the one with a cognitive problem.  It seems that they rushed a conclusion to the investigation without checking on the cooperation of the accused or even determining whether they had seen all of the evidence.  And when the independent Inspector General tried to make that very point, the White House attacked him instead of the person who defrauded the government and may have obstructed justice on top of it.

Democrats screeched about the politicization of the Department of Justice when Bush asked for the resignations of political appointees who worked completely at his pleasure.  They assumed that Bush wanted the US Attorneys out of the way for political reasons.  Here we have a White House attacking an IG, authorized by both Congress and the White House and supposedly independent, for objecting to a political payoff for a high-profile Obama supporter.  When do we hear that same outrage over politicization of law enforcement?

Update: No matter which way you go on the Walpin case, you have to admire the man’s huevos grandes:

In the letter, White House Special Counsel Norman Eisen wrote that Walpin was “confused” and “disoriented” at a May board meeting, was “unduly disruptive,” and exhibited a “lack of candor” in providing information to decision makers.

“That’s a total lie,” Walpin said of the latter charge. And he said the accusation that he was dazed and confused at one meeting out of many was not only false, but poor rationale for his ouster.

“It appears to suggest that I was removed because I was disabled — based on one occasion out of hundreds,” he said.

“I would never say President Obama doesn’t have the capacity to continue to serve because of his (statement) that there are 56 states,” Walpin said, adding that the same holds for Vice President Biden and his “many express confusions that have been highlighted by the media.” Obama mistakenly said once on the campaign trail that he had traveled to 57 states.

Come on, Inspector Walpin.  Can’t a man just eat his waffle?


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we have to all be behind Walpin to keep him up when osama balama tries to knock him over the edge.

widge8 on June 17, 2009 at 8:35 PM

It appears the “he’s crazy” tactic, to smear Walpin, is a something the Obama administration is going to use alot, to get rid of people it views as expendable:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/06/11/jones-outs-obama-gates-defends-national-security-adviser/

Interesting, Huh?

Has anyone else linked these?

Dale in Atlanta on June 17, 2009 at 8:35 PM

It will be extremely satisfying and amusing to watch this blow up in Obama’s face.

woodNfish on June 17, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Dale in Atlanta

Great links, and only last week’s news overwhelmed by the avalanche of catastrophic havoc that Obama reeks.

Obama’s Politburo sharpening knives, cloak and dagger “parlor games” in the White House, jealousies, serious prejudice against the older generation who have seen the world without being coerced to wear the Marxist blinders.

maverick muse on June 17, 2009 at 9:06 PM

SouthernGent on June 17, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Hey, don’t go there.

maverick muse on June 17, 2009 at 9:19 PM

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Correct. Take a look see at who runs AmeriCorps and who runs the organizations where the money goes to. THEY ARE ALL COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS. With Walpin gone, there IS NO OVERSIGHT. It’s a huge crooked story that won’t be told.

marklmail on June 17, 2009 at 1:44 PM

This is the real story. This firing is not about Kevin Johnson, it’s about all the other Obama cronies and crooked community organizers waiting to get their goodies from the $6 billion CNCS slush fund. Putting Michelle’s COS in there, installing a big donor as the agency director, and now firing the Inspector General. Isn’t it obvious? It isn’t a coverup, more like a preemptive strike to protect future corruption from discovery.

And I think it is obvious that Walpin is a Republican and a Jew. That makes him practically radioactive in this Administration.

rockmom on June 17, 2009 at 4:02 PM

For some people, living according to high principles of personal integrity trumps everything else. Sarah Palin is one of those people. Gerald Walpin is one of those people.

As far as Palin, you don’t ever mess with a woman’s family. It only makes her tougher and harder than ever to beat.

For Walpin: you don’t EVER mess with old guys! They have been through it all, seen it all, nothing like this kind of crap is going to beat Walpin. According to his interview on Beck today, Walpin came out of retirement to do this job when GWB asked him two years ago. He has a few good years left. He is not going to waste them wimping out and going down without a fight.

This is gonna be good. GO WALPIN! You’ve got “We the People” with you all the way.

winfield on June 17, 2009 at 7:35 PM

Impeach Obama

The minority party should organize for the impeachment, and charge Obama with offenses in court. Bypass the constipated corrupt majority, take Obama to court, and put his impeachment and Congressional corruption up to trial. Don’t simply roll over. Be creative; stop the Marxism.

maverick muse on June 17, 2009 at 9:27 PM

Here’s a guy who fed on the whole class warfare thing for years upon years. “Doodoo economics” is right. In his eyes, all of America is similar to community organized Chicago, or better yet Gary, IN.
Forget what you may know about people working and producing. Out in flyover country where people feed themselves, it is only the white man’s greed starving a world in need.
Community organizing produces nothing.
It is a pathetic parasitism fed by theft. And we have elected the prince of thieves.

roscopico on June 17, 2009 at 10:09 PM

If I recall correctly from an Americanism vs Communisum class that I taught, back when we felt it was neccersary to protect capitalism at the core of our society, those that opposed the Communist governemnt in the Soviet Union often ended up in the insane asylums. In other words you had to be crazy to disagree with the government. Looks like we have the beginnings of that here.

If there is any question where bambi might have got that idea on how to deal with those that get out of line; recall that it was a hard core, Moscow approved communist that mentored Obama as a teenager.

Franklyn on June 17, 2009 at 10:29 PM

The minority party should organize for the impeachment, and charge Obama with offenses in court. Bypass the constipated corrupt majority, take Obama to court, and put his impeachment and Congressional corruption up to trial. Don’t simply roll over. Be creative; stop the Marxism.

The proper process is to empeach him. Empeachment is akin to a grand jury finding that you may have committed a crime based on the eveidence presented to them or that no enough evidence of a crime was found, which often ends any further procecution. For a sitting president to be found guilty of a crime, he has to be empeached. If he is empeached it is up to congress to find him guilty of a crime which could lead to his being removed from office. As it stands now, there is a slim chance of empeachment and probably no possibility that he would be removed from office by congress unless it was something really serious, such as finding that he is not a natural borrn citizen as called for in the Constitution. In which case he could be charged with a number of crimes with the possiblity of treason.
If so maybe he can be sent to Gimo, but I would not be surprised if he was deported back to Indonesia where he has a passport of which only an Indonesian can have, or to Kenya where the law that made his father a Britsh citizen in Kenya is clear on the fact that his citizenship was conveyed to his children until they were of age to accept or denounce it, or if neither then it reverted to Kenyan citizenship. There is also that pesky misunderstanding of his grandmother and step sister thinking they witness his birth in a Mambassa, Kenya. It must have been that other baby born with the same name as him, to a keyan father and white mother on the same day he was born. Of course he claims that he is a citizen based on a low resolution facesmile of a certificate of birth posted on his website. There is some speculation that it appears to have been altered. As far as I am aware, no one has actually held the real document in their hands. Gibbs mentioned a seal on it. I think I saw one once with what looked like a seal, but my copies do not have any seal on them ,so maybe it is on the back where we can not see it. The problem with the certificate of Birth, providing that it is real, it is not a birth certificate. A certicate if birth was created to resolve a problem where in most Hawaiians before it became a state had no record of birth. It was also issued to certify births that occured in other countries. The question is why does he have one in the first place since at the time of his birth they issued birth certificates in hospitals, not certificates of live birth to those who were born in Hawaii. Added to the mystery is why it was issued four days after his birth and why did his mother gave a false residential address to the newspaper that printed his birth announcement. In all fairness it could have been a misprint or she mispoke about remembering where she lives. Could run in the family.

Franklyn on June 17, 2009 at 11:30 PM

The one who really needs to be investigated is the Acting US Attorney who not only supported the firing of Walpin, but also REFUSED to prosecute Johnson and St. HOPE after Walpin exposed what they had been up to.

sanantonian on June 18, 2009 at 2:22 AM

The only cure for this is control of congress. Cut off funds. Cancel/reverse all this damaging legislation. Investigate these crimes and prosecute where appropriate.

NONE of this will ever land on President Obama… ever. He is our first (half) black president and therefore immune.

CC

CapedConservative on June 18, 2009 at 7:50 AM

Obama wants revenge. Too bad slandering ex employees is illegal in the private sector.

seven on June 18, 2009 at 10:13 AM

O is borrowing a page from Stalin on the mental health tactic.
Birds of a feather and I hope liberals are proud of their hero.

arand on June 18, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Just wondering how well the FBI will actually pursue this case. I fear they will assign known Obama supporters to the case, then it will die a quick, but painful death.

As Ann Coulter rightly points out, the vast majority of government workers are liberals, so the FBI should have plenty D’ohBummer lackies in its investigative roster to choose from.

I know, I know, I’m being way too pessimistic here. Just maybe they’ll pleasantly surprise me.

Sweet_Thang on June 18, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Praying for both Mr. Walpin and Mr. Maya.

This meeting where the WH accuses Mr. Walpin of being “disoriented” would have minutes, no? Surely this is easily disproven.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 17, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Fear not! 60 Minutes will do an in-depth, “take-no-prisoners” investigation on Walprin-gate beginning in 3,…2,…

Sweet_Thang on June 18, 2009 at 12:52 PM

NONE of this will ever land on President Obama… ever. He is our first (half) black president and therefore immune.

CC

CapedConservative on June 18, 2009 at 7:50 AM

He is also (half) white. His upbringing and associates just don’t let him admit it. Maybe they should go after the white half to get him out of office.

duff65 on June 18, 2009 at 4:19 PM

IG Walpin is being railroaded for stepping on the (very crooked) toes of a member of this Administration’s posse — nothing more, nothing less.

And the state run media couldn’t be less interested in such a clear abuse of power.

cruadin on June 18, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Why would this not be an impeachable offense??

JellyToast on June 18, 2009 at 9:00 PM

baldilocks on June 17, 2009 at 1:30 PM
Aren’t you the goober who was making anti military statements a while back? Think that may be why you have no credibility?

TTheoLogan on June 17, 2009 at 1:52 PM

This is the second night of these attacks. It’s stalking; and banable. I hope the powers that be drop a hammer on you soon.

massrighty on June 18, 2009 at 11:05 PM

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