Friday, June 19, 2009

Fired AmeriCorps IG responds: White House charges are false

By: Byron York | Chief Political Correspondent | 06/17/09 12:24 PM EDT | The Examiner

Fired AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin strongly denies the White House's claim that he was "confused, disoriented [and] unable to answer questions" at a May 20, 2009 board meeting of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the organization that oversees AmeriCorps. In a letter to several members of Congress Tuesday night, Norman Eisen, who is the White House Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, wrote that at the May 20 meeting, "Mr. Walpin was confused, disoriented, unable to answer questions and exhibited other behavior that led the board to question his capacity to serve." Eisen wrote that Walpin lost the confidence of the Corporation Board, which led to the decision to fire him.

In a detailed conversation Wednesday morning, Walpin said the White House is "grasping at nonexistent straws" to justify his termination as watchdog for one of the Obama White House's favorite federal programs.
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