I suppose with all of the Health Care Scam we have “forgotten” about the OTHER criminal activity in the White House. Four Inspector Generals where some how releaved of their duties either willingly or unwillingly and all were done so while in the middle of an investigation-interesting! I wanted to revisit the issue because it seems to be Obama’s MO to behave in a crminial manner or to have his lackeys do so and then create another issue so as to hide the previous one.
We have the Government Run Health Care “State-of-Emergency” Crisis, we have the I want Sotomayor confirmed ASAP, we have the CAP-and-Trade Crisis because the whole world will explode if we do not tax the hell out of Americans, we have the emergency stimulus porkster that if we did not enact our unemployment would reach 8.5%…..LOL…it is at 9.4 that really worked, we have the hiring of 36+ Czars, Michelle Obama appointing people to run things she should not be and the list goes on-and-on-and-on…….
So, let’s recap the IG scandal:
1. Gerald Walpin
2. Neil Barofsky
3. Judith Gwynne
The first IG to go was Gerald Walpin. He was peeved because Kevin Johnson, a friend and supporter of Obama was not criminally prosecuted for swindling close to $850,000 of tax payers money. TO add insult to injury, he only has to pay back half and there are ZERO criminal convictions, in fact there were never any charges. When Walpin threatend to take it before Congress, Obama conveniently had him fired.
The second instance involves Neil Barofsky, tasked with watching over the financial stimulus spending. The article raises questions as to whether or not the Obamais trying to stymie an investigation with dubious claims of attorney-client privilege.
He was appointed with fanfare as the public watchdog over the government’s multi-billion dollar bailout of the nation’s financial system. But now Neil Barofsky is embroiled in a with the Obama administration that delayed one recent inquiry and sparked questions about his ability to freely investigate.
The disagreement stems from a claim by Department that Barofsky is not entirely independent of the agency he is assigned to examine – a claim that has prompted a stern letter from a Republican senator warning that agency officials are encroaching on the integrity of an office created to protect taxpayers.
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sent the letter Wednesday to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner demanding information about a “dispute over certain Treasury documents” that he said were being “withheld” from Barofsky’s office on a “specious claim of attorney-client privilege.”
The third instance involves an acting IG for the , Judith Gwynne, who has been told her contract would not be renewed amid allegations that an ITC employee forcibly took documents from her possession. Just three hours after Grassley sent along his letter asking questions, she was told she’d be hitting the road in July when her contract is up. Well, well, well.
Separately this week, the International Trade Commission told its acting inspector general, who is not subject to White House authority, that her contract would not be renewed.
Grassley had become concerned about her independence because of a report earlier in the year that an agency employee forcibly took documents from the acting inspector general.
It is difficult to understand why the ITC would not have taken action to ensure that the ITC inspector general had the information necessary to do the job,” Grassley wrote on Tuesday.
Less than three hours after the letter was e-mailed to the agency, the acting IG, Judith Gwynne, was told that her contract, which expires in early July, would not be renewed.
Last week, Sen. Charles Grassley raised questions about the sudden “retirement” of Amtrak IG Fred Weiderhold:
As a senior member of the United States Senate and as the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance (Committee), it is my duty under the Constitution to ensure that Inspectors General, which were created by Congress, are permitted to operate without political pressure or interference from their respective agencies. Inspectors General were designed for the express purpose of combating waste, fraud, and abuse and to be independent watchdogs ensuring that federal agencies were held accountable for their actions. I understand that Inspector General Fred Weiderhold, Jr. has retired today.
Based on contacts that my staff had with Mr. Weiderhold on two recent occasions (April 2, 2009 and June 4, 2009), I understand that the OIG has suffered from repeated and continuous interference from the agency. After the most recent discussion, it was agreed that the OIG would provide, among other things, a White Paper and specific examples of agency interference with OIG audits and/or investigations. To date, the OIG has not yet provided any documents. As you know, any interference such as that was described in these previous discussions is a direct violation of the Inspector General Act of 1978.
In light of Mr. Weiderhold’s unexpected retirement, please provide the previously requested documentation immediately. I am deeply troubled that these aforementioned meetings with my staff and discussions of the OIG’s independence concerns predicated this personnel action with IG Weiderhold. Furthermore, I am even more concerned that there is a lack of accountability, based on the OIG’s reported lack of independence, for the $1.3 billion in stimulus funds that Amtrak has received from American taxpayers.
Due to these recent events, I specifically request all materials at the IG’s office be preserved immediately.
In addition to providing the requested documentation, please provide an immediate briefing to my staff on the level of proper oversight the OIG has over of the $1.3 billion dollars of American taxpayer money, and what role the previously discussed independence issues with the agency played in the elimination of former IG Weiderhold.