Thursday, June 18, 2009

FBI Investigating Obama IG Firing Issue, Unauthorized Email Access, Deletion

UPDATE: Obama has also fired TWO OTHER Inspector Generals in addition to this one. Why? Does he not want them to do their job? Does he want submissive, lapdoggie yes-sir men instead who will cover up governmental corruption and cronyism?

Story here.

This has the potential, I think, to become Obama's Watergate.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun looking into a dispute that is linked to an AmeriCorps money scandal that has fingers pointing all the way up to the White House because of President Obama's dismissal of an inspector general who was on the case.

According to a report in the Sacramento Bee, acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence G. Brown has confirmed the agency is looking into the "circumstances" regarding the alleged destruction of e-mails regarding a dispute over the handling of money at Mayor Kevin Johnson's "brainchild" St. HOPE Academy, which had been investigated after allegations that public funds were misused.


A settlement had been reached in the St. HOPE case that required the return of $400,000 of "misused grants for AmeriCorps volunteers." While Walpin's investigation suggested no more federal money be distributed through those specific channels, Rick Maya, who left his job as executive director with St. HOPE recently, claimed in his resignation letter a member of the charter school's board had deleted e-mails by Johnson during the federal investigation, according to the newspaper.


The newspaper said while the academy was under subpoena, Maya notified the board that board member Sam Oki allegedly had accessed – and deleted – some of the e-mail in the academy system.

MUCH MORE- See here.

Key Obama Ally Says President Obama Did Not Follow the Law in IG Firing

After being briefed today on President Obama’s firing last week of Gerald Walpin, Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said the president did not abide by the same law that he co-sponsored – and she wrote – about firing Inspectors General.

“The White House has failed to follow the proper procedure in notifying Congress as to the removal of the Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service,” McCaskill said. “The legislation which was passed last year requires that the president give a reason for the removal.”

McCaskill, a key Obama ally, said that the president’s stated reason for the termination, “Loss of confidence’ is not a sufficient reason.”

She added that she was “hopeful the White House will provide a more substantive rationale, in writing, as quickly as possible.”