IG-Gate Continues to Unfold

Just like an onion. The more you peel, the more layers you find.

Stacy is on it! The Walpin firing is just the tip of the iceberg.

Whatever Walpin’s reputation, however, sources familiar with his dismissal believe it was no accident that he was shown the door immediately after getting into a dispute with Eric Holder’s Justice Department over a program affiliated with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, an enthusiastic political ally of Obama.

Now there’s more – regarding the Inspector General for Amtrak, Fred Wiederhold. Did Amtrack undermine his authority and/or independence? What about Eleanor Acheson?

Neil Barofsky, the special IG for the TARP free-for-all financial bailout is next. You watch.

Given the controversial nature of the TARP — including the public outcry over bonuses paid to top employees of insurance giant AIG, a bailout beneficiary — Grassley is by no means the only member of Congress interested in preserving Barofsky’s independence. In April, Geithner was grilled by Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling and other members of Congress at a hearing after Barofsky reported a “staggering” amount of fraud in the bailout program.

1 Comment

  1. GM Roper said,

    June 27, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Had Obama been a republican president, the democrats would be baying for investigations and possible impeachment. With Obama being a democrat, not so much.


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