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IG-Gate Update: Sex Scandal, ‘Hush Money’ and the Firing of Gerald Walpin

posted at 9:04 pm on November 23, 2009 by

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. . . .

More at the American Spectator, and much, much more in the Grassley-Issa report (PDF). What makes this so amazing to me is how the MSM’s political bias apparently trumps their basic news judgment.

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 . . .

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Thanks for keeping us informed Stacy. Keep this on the front burner for us. Once the health care flies or dies, this story will pop up. Obama’s decline in the polls will need to be justified. This story may be the final straw that breaks the Obama administation camels back. Walpin righteousness must and will be rewarded someday soon. This is an Americorp mess and it just adds to to the rest of the corruption mix along with every ACORN catastrophe & the calamities we’ve had to endure because of the SEIU. Are the Unions still getting a 10 billion dollar windfall from the Pelosicare legislation? Is it in the Senator Hemorrhoidcare legislation too?

Americannodash on November 24, 2009 at 1:54 AM

I honestly can’t believe this isn’t a huge, front page, headline-grabbing story. Imagine if Bush had fired an IG without the proper warning, then tried to smear him as being senile and all because he was investigating a corrupt supporter who had not only misused Federal funds but was apparently also using that money to pay-off women girls who had accused him of sexual harassment.

Congress would be howling for impeachment charges don’t you think?

When I first heard about the Walpin firing/smear I thought that this would be a major blow against Obama- to now learn about the sexual harassment charges against Johnson too…frankly if the media was doing it’s job I truly believe this could bring down the Obama White House.

The fact is that a sitting US president abused his power to sack an IG doing his job for the benefit of a corrupt supporter accused of sexually harassing students. In the process he also tried to destroy Walpin’s reputation.

What’s going on America? Even conservative blogs don’t seem to be getting too worked up about this- I just can’t fathom why there isn’t more outrage over this incredible abuse of the office of the President. Good grief, if Obama can get away with this where will he stop?

Jay Mac on November 24, 2009 at 5:39 AM

What makes this so amazing to me is how the MSM’s political bias apparently trumps their basic news judgment.

The Chicago way stops all inquiries. Anyone in the intelligence business knows that once a person has been compramised, they are extortable.

percysunshine on November 24, 2009 at 1:42 PM