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    Senator questions firing of 3 inspectors general
    Removal of 2 inspectors general prompts questions
    By Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten | Tribune Newspapers
    June 18, 2009
    Senator questions firing of 3 inspectors general -- chicagotribune.com
    WASHINGTON - -- 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 dispute 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 the Treasury 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."

    A White House spokesman declined to comment, referring questions to the Treasury Department. Treasury spokesman Andrew Williams said late Wednesday that the agency would read Grassley's letter and respond to the senator before any public comment.



    The dispute comes as Grassley, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is looking into the abrupt firings within the last week of two other inspectors general one of whom was fired by the White House and the other by the chair of the International Trade Commission.

    Both inspectors general had investigated sensitive subjects at the time of their firings.

    Grassley is now concerned about whether a pattern is emerging in which the independence of the government's top watchdogs -- whose jobs were authorized by Congress to look out for waste, fraud and abuse -- is being put at risk.

    The first dismissal occurred last week, when the White House terminated Gerald Walpin, inspector general of the service agency AmeriCorps. Walpin claims his dismissal was unjust, the result of political interference.

    That controversy deepened with Grassley's complaint Wednesday that the White House wasn't answering questions posed by his staff.

    Walpin had led an investigation of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., a former NBA player and Obama supporter. Johnson started a nonprofit education program that Walpin's office alleged had misused federal funds.

    In a letter sent late Wednesday to the White House, Grassley charged that a White House lawyer who delivered the news to Walpin and who was summoned to the senator's office, "refused to answer several direct questions" about the dismissal.

    The firing drew criticism from Republicans and Democrats, who charged that it violated a new law passed last year to protect the independence of inspectors general by requiring 30 days notice and a full explanation to Congress of the dismissal of any IG.

    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.
    FESTUS
    IN OMNIA PARATUS

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    When you are a king you can do whatever you want!

  4. Does this man draw the line anywhere? Can he not hear us out here? Has he ever heard the word 'no'?

    He can also stop the whining about Fox News calling him on all this. I'm sure he's working on a way to get state run t.v. as we speak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebS View Post
    Does this man draw the line anywhere? Can he not hear us out here? Has he ever heard the word 'no'?

    He can also stop the whining about Fox News calling him on all this. I'm sure he's working on a way to get state run t.v. as we speak.

    Can he not hear us out here?

    Oh he hears alright he just does not care.

    I'm sure he's working on a way to get state run t.v. as we speak

    Aready there. ABC.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    I pray......

    THAT WE SURVIVE UNTIL THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS. MAYBE WE CAN STOP HIM. I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD EVER SAY THIS, BUT THIS TURKEY MAKES BILL CLINTON LOOK LIKE A CONSERVATIVE!
    SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE IS TRAINING TO KILL YOU. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

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    He is a dandy isn't he? I hope everyone who voted for him is real proud of themself!

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    he sure does put the dic in dictator!
    You can have my freedom as soon as I'm done with it!!!

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    Got to love that hope and change. Elections do mean something.
    "You can get a lot accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit" - Ronald Reagan

  10. Quote Originally Posted by SFC Stu View Post
    He is a dandy isn't he? I hope everyone who voted for him is real proud of themself!

    I must have seen half a dozen Obama stickers when travelling in NC and SC this weekend.

    They are always on the PAINT of the car, not the bumper.

    They are always BEATERS (pos cars)

    The driver's always looked, shall we say, slow.

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