There’s no doubt that Walpin and the board didn’t get along. But inspectors general often discover inconvenient facts — misused money, for example — that can embarrass organizations and their boards. There’s always going to be tension between them.

In addition, there seems no question that the White House’s handling of the firing — calling Walpin on the evening of June 10 and telling him that he had one hour to resign or be terminated — ignored the law that requires the president to give Congress 30 days’ notice, and cause, before firing an inspector general. “I’m not going to comment on the process,” the Republican board member said. He was open in saying that he agreed with the merits of the case against Walpin but repeated that wouldn’t discuss “issues surrounding the process.”

“You can draw your own conclusion,” he said.