IG-Gate Update: Sex Scandal, ‘Hush Money’ and the Firing of Gerald Walpin
posted at 9:04 pm on November 23, 2009 by The Other McCain
Following up on Byron York’s report today about the White House attempt to spin the firing of AmeriCorps IG Gerald Walpin, Ed Morrissey asked, “Will the national media finally take some interest in the story now?”
What’s amazing is how little attention the national media have paid to the explosive sex-abuse accusations against Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson that Walpin’s staff investigated:
Sexual abuse accusations by St. HOPE Academy students against Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson were apparently covered up, possibly with “hush money,” according to a 61-page report issued by congressional investigators.
Failure of school officials to report sexual abuse of minors violates California state law, investigative staff of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) noted in their report on the June firing of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin. . . .
The Grassley-Issa report says that agents of the inspector’s general office who investigated the St. HOPE sex-abuse charges “immediately recognized what appeared to be improper handling of this allegation . . . and unethical conduct by Mr. Johnson’s attorney,” Kevin Hiestand, who was also the mayor’s business partner. The report also implicates D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee who one witness said acted as “fixer” for the St. HOPE program. . . .
Teenage girls? Sex abuse? Powerful politicians? “Hush money”? Dude, if that story’s not front-page news, I don’t know is.
UPDATE: From the Holy Freaking Crap files, Byron York supplies this shocker:
On June 27, 2008, Michelle Rhee, head of the Washington, D.C., school system, paid a visit to Gerald Walpin, who was inspector general of the government volunteer organization AmeriCorps. . . .
Rhee, who later became engaged to marry Johnson, had been on St. Hope’s board of directors before taking over as chief of the District of Columbia system. Her apparent goal, as she visited Walpin, was to vouch for Johnson.
“The basic point of her meeting with me was to tell me what a great guy he was,” Walpin recalls, “and what wonderful work he has done, and that maybe he had made mistakes administratively, but that she thought I should give as much consideration as possible to his good work in deciding what to do.”
Read the rest. Rhee was a St. HOPE board member, Johnson’s fiance and tried to influence the Inspector General’s investigation? And this apologist for an accused sexual predator is now running the D.C. school system?
No news to see here, people. Move along . . .