Firing People Who Can't Legally Be Fired

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There is an article in Thursday's Washington Examiner by Byron York concerning the firing of Gerald Walpin, the Americorps Inspector General.   This is a story I had not really heard a lot about.  In his letter to Congress firing Mr. Walpin, President Obama claimed that he no longer had confidence in the Inspector General.   A Power Line post this morning sums up the situation.  The Inspector General does not serve at the pleasure of the President--he is expected to be independent.  The core of the story according to the Washington Examiner is:

"The bottom line is that the AmeriCorps IG accused a prominent Obama supporter of misusing AmeriCorps grant money.  After an investigation, the prominent Obama supporter had to pay back more than $400,000 of that grant money.  And Obama fired the AmeriCorps IG."

At first, President Obama tried to force Mr. Walpin to resign.  When Mr. Walpin refused, President Obama sent a letter to Congress informing them that he was firing Walpin, effective 30 days from the date of the letters.  The article futher states:

"(Senator Charles) Grassley (of Iowa) fired off a letter to the president on Thursday saying that, "I was troubled to learn that [Wednesday] night your staff reportedly issued an ultimatum to the AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin that he had one hour to resign or be terminated," Grassley wrote.  "As you know, Inspectors General were created by Congress as a means to combat waste, fraud, and abuse and to be independent watchdogs ensuring that federal agencies were held accountable for their actions.  Inspectors General were designed to have a dual role reporting to both the President and Congress so that they would be free from undue political pressure.  This independence is the hallmark of all Inspectors General and is essential so they may operate independently, without political pressure or interference from agencies attempting to keep their failings from public scrutiny."

Grassley's version of events suggests that the White House first tried to muscle Walpin out of his job without having to go through the 30-day process.  It was only when Walpin refused to resign that the White House then notified Congress of the president's intention to fire Walpin."

This is an obvious abuse of Presidential power.  I am waiting to see it reported on the news.  It occurs to me that I may wait a long time.

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