The Inspectors General scandal has now become a little more interesting.
Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who was summarily fired in June amid controversy over his investigation of a politically-connected supporter of President Obama, has filed suit alleging that the firing was “unlawful,” “politically driven,” “procedurally defective” and “a transparent and clumsily-conducted effort to circumvent the protections” given to inspectors general under the Inspectors General Reform Act of 2008.
Walpin’s suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is against the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps. Also named are Nicola Goren, the acting CEO of the Corporation, Frank Trinity, its general counsel, and Raymond Limon, the Corporation’s “chief human capital officer.” The suit asks the court to declare Walpin’s firing unlawful and restore him to his position as the Corporation’s inspector general.
Walpin is only asking for reinstatement and his attorneys’ fees, which will head off the criticism that he’s trying to cash in. The suit means that much of the information that Congress could have been compelled will now be made public in a much less friendly venue. A District Court judge will not be as inclined to treat witnesses as pleasantly as Democrats in Congress.
Stacy McCain has been burning up the show leather working on the story as well. His latest journalistic adventure is here.
Ed Morrissey doesn’t think Walpin has a chance of getting his job back. I disagree only because it seems that Walpin’s firing blatantly violated the law the President pushed so hard to get passed when he was a Senator. The government could stall for a while but I have a hard time believing that with so many other things on the President’s plate (and a not particularly competent gaggle of underlings), he’s going to pay this case a lot of attention until it’s too late. This is a small matter when measured alongside North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia, Cap-and-Trade, Nationalized Health Care, and the 2010 Elections.
It’s often the small matters that end up doing the most damage.
UPDATE: Stacy’s report is now up at the American Spectator. It’s not short, but it has lots of good tibits about where the matter stands in Congress.