Thursday, June 18, 2009

Is Walpin in Alzheimer's? Nope. White House Lying

The White House's personal slush-fund/ACORN conduit, AmeriCorps, has issued statements to the effect that its Inspector General, Mr. Walpin, was canned because he was "confused" and "disoriented," AND that he was AWOL.

That's two malicious lies.

An exclusive witness told The Washington Times both charges are baseless.

...Our witness, a staff member, said the board was hostile and rude. He said the board repeatedly interrupted Mr. Walpin and peppered him with questions on multiple issues. He fully confirmed Mr. Walpin's account that the board excused Mr. Walpin for 15 minutes and that when Mr. Walpin returned to find his notepapers out of order, the board refused to give him time to get them straight.

As to "AWOL,":

Mr. Walpin was not "absent from the Corporation's headquarters ... over the objections of the Corporation's Board," as the White House claims. Instead, he had specifically cleared an arrangement to telecommute (from New York to the District office) with the agency's general counsel and its acting chief executive officer. Our witness was present at the meeting when the arrangement was approved.

Walpin nailed some AmeriCorps grantees--a New York college and a West Coast "activist" bunch, for improperly spending money. And he found some irregularities in a Chicago grantee, whose Board included Michelle Obama.

The White House intends to use AmeriCorps to fund ACORN (or a reasonable facsimile thereof), and re-election is in play here.

Fortunately, Grassley will be raising Hell about this. It will be fun to watch.

HT: McCain

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