Rove involvement in US attorney firing detailed

Aug 12, 2009 Full story: SignOnSanDiego.com 42

In this May 15, 2009 file photo, former White House aide Karl Roves talks to reporters as he leaves a parking garage in Washington.

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Johnny Mac

Denver, CO

#1 Aug 12, 2009
Who are the republicans going to blame in the Obama administration for the firings of the whistle-blowers that were investigating Obama's friends?

Since: Jan 07

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#2 Aug 12, 2009
Rove is a pig. I'd done some reading on him. All he wanted was power for the GOP and any means would justify the ends. He has no honor or scruples

“Ther air is cleaner up here”

Since: Feb 09

Foster, RI

#3 Aug 12, 2009
Coolmind wrote:
Rove is a pig. I'd done some reading on him. All he wanted was power for the GOP and any means would justify the ends. He has no honor or scruples
As opposed to the Obama administration, and Whacky Nancy and Harry?
Coffee smells good

Brighton, CO

#4 Aug 12, 2009
Coolmind wrote:
Rove is a pig. I'd done some reading on him. All he wanted was power for the GOP and any means would justify the ends. He has no honor or scruples
Replace "Rove" with "Hillary" and you an equally true statement.

In full candor you could make the same statement about most career politicians.
progressive

Lamoni, IA

#5 Aug 12, 2009
Coolmind wrote:
Rove is a pig. I'd done some reading on him. All he wanted was power for the GOP and any means would justify the ends. He has no honor or scruples
Again, not nice to pigs! please find different metaphors! otherwise, your comment is about correct. Probably you should be totally correct and use the modifier "almost" any means, and change the order to "the end of getting power for the GOP would justify almost any means." I think that is what you meant. I keep telling you that your name of "coolmind" puts an addition al burden of complete propriety and rationality upon you. If you were to allow yourself to be a normal hot-headed, annoyed person, replying to some nasty idiot now and then, it would seem to violate your topix name. I like having someone attempt to be always cool and correct, if you can manage it, however. Get your cliches right, your quotes correct, and your modifiers proper, please. I am always more or less glad to see your comments. I allow myself to get annoyed and lose my temper with idiots sometimes - my mind may stay cool, but some part of me is vastly annoyed! I tried cool and terribly high-toned and entirely scholarly for a while - but I got disgusted with the idiots and find no real reason not to say that they are idiots, or mean, evil, liars, or whatever. But you have seeen my repreated protests agaisnt gross insults, from anyone, to anyone. I draw the line there! As for the insults calling someone a Nazi, and the lies that Nazi is a left-wing term, that just provides an opening to show all the reasons for calling the right-wing nuts neo-Nazis and neo-fascists, based on history, philosophy, and political and economic theory, and all the facts.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

United States

#6 Aug 12, 2009
What's behind Obama's sudden attempt to fire the AmeriCorps inspector general?

By: Byron York
Chief Political Correspondent
06/11/09 8:14 PM EDT

There are a number of unanswered questions today about President Obama's abrupt decision to fire the inspector general of the AmeriCorps program, Gerald Walpin. Obama sent letters to House and Senate leaders yesterday informing them that he was firing Walpin, effective 30 days from the date of the letters.

"It is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as Inspectors General," the president wrote. "That is no longer the case with regard to this Inspector General."

The 30 day requirement is important because last year Congress passed the Inspectors General Reform Act, which was designed to strengthen protections for IGs, who have the responsibility of investigating allegations of waste, fraud and abuse within federal agencies, against interference by political appointees or the White House. Part of the Act was a requirement that the president give Congress 30 days' notice before dismissing an IG. One of the co-sponsors of the Act was then-Sen. Barack Obama.

The Act also requires the president to outline the cause for his decision to remove an IG. Beyond saying that he did not have the "fullest confidence" in Walpin, Obama gave no reason for his action.

There are two big questions about the president's actions. One, why did he decide to fire Walpin? And two, did he abide by the law that he himself co-sponsored?

Grassley's version of events suggests that the White House first tried to muscle Walpin out of his job without having to go through the 30-day process. It was only when Walpin refused to resign that the White House then notified Congress of the president's intention to fire Walpin.

The bigger question is why the president is doing this and why he is attempting to do it so quickly. Senate sources now believe Obama is firing Walpin over Walpin's investigation of Kevin Johnson, a former NBA star and a prominent supporter of the president.

Johnson, now the mayor of Sacramento, California, started a non-profit organization called St. Hope. The group's mission, according to its website, is "to revitalize inner-city communities through public education, civic leadership, economic development and the arts." As part of its work, St. Hope received a grant of about $850,000 from AmeriCorps.

Last year, Walpin began an investigation of how Johnson's group spent the money. According to the Associated Press, "[Walpin] found that Johnson, a former all-star point guard for the Phoenix Suns, had used AmeriCorps grants to pay volunteers to engage in school-board political activities, run personal errands for Johnson and even wash his car." Walpin asked federal prosecutors to investigate. In April, the U.S. attorney in Sacramento, a Bush holdover, declined to file any criminal charges in the matter and also criticized Walpin's investigation.

That might suggest that St. HOPE was OK, and it was Walpin who was in the wrong. But at the same time prosecutors decided not to file any charges against St. HOPE, the U.S. attorney's office also entered into a settlement with St. HOPE in which the group also agreed to pay back about half of the $850,000 it had received from AmeriCorps...

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blo...

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

United States

#7 Aug 12, 2009
Coffee smells good wrote:
<quoted text>
Replace "Rove" with "Hillary" and you an equally true statement.
In full candor you could make the same statement about most career politicians.
Michelle Obama making political decisions for CNCS

Barack Obama Fires CNCS Watchdog

Inspector general removed after scathing report on AmeriCorps grantee and Obama Supporter.

June 11, 2009
by Nancy Lewis

The inspector general (IG) of the Corporation for National and Community Service is being removed by President Barack Obama, a week after the IG questioned the eligibility of the largest and most expensive AmeriCorps program, and while the IG was contesting the "propriety" of a settlement made with a mayor for alleged misuse of AmeriCorps funds...

Some decisions about CNCS are being made by First Lady Michelle Obama, according to service advocates (who asked not to be named).

Last week, Mrs. Obama announced that her chief of staff, Jackie Norris, would move to CNCS as a senior adviser. Officials said yesterday that Norris is scheduled to arrive on June 22.

Inspector General Controversies

Walpin concluded that nothing was being gained by the grants to CUNY and that the money was simply being used to subsidize an existing and funded program.

At the same time, Walpin was challenging the resolution of charges against Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson...

The IG audit found that the program misused virtually all its funds and did little of what was outlined in its grant proposal.

Specifically, the audit found that Johnson and other officials of Neighborhood Corps used AmeriCorps volunteers to recruit students for a charter school run by its parent program, improperly paid at two school employees with AmeriCorps funds for duties they did not perform, improperly used volunteers to perform personal errands for Johnson (including washing his car and driving him to personal appearances) and used the AmeriCorps volunteers to engage in political activities in connection with a board of education election.

Johnson, who was elected mayor in November, was barred from receiving federal grant money - the most serious action that the agency can take again a person or program.

When questions were raised about whether Johnson's city would therefore be ineligible to receive federal stimulus funds, a settlement was reached with the U.S. attorney's office calling for repayment of about half the grant money. Johnson was to pay a portion of the money, with the agency he had headed paying the remainder over five years. The ban on funds to Johnson was also lifted.

In a letter to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), head of the Senate committee that oversees the corporation, and other congressional leaders, Walpin objected to the settlement, saying St. Hope was insolvent and likely would not be able to repay the money...

http://www.youthtoday.org/publication/article...

ABUSE OF POWER at the very Least!

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

United States

#8 Aug 12, 2009
Johnny Mac wrote:
Who are the republicans going to blame in the Obama administration for the firings of the whistle-blowers that were investigating Obama's friends?
Excellent point.

The answer is NO ONE because the DoJ reports to Obama himself!

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

United States

#9 Aug 12, 2009
Obama ousts AmeriCorps' Inspector General who investigated friend uncovered fraud

June 12, 2009
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -In a letter to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, cited the U.S. attorney's criticism of Walpin to an integrity committee for inspectors general.

"We are aware of the circumstances leading to that referral and of Mr. Walpin's conduct throughout his tenure and can assure you that the president's decision was carefully considered," Craig wrote.

Grassley had written Obama a letter pointing to a law requiring that Congress be given the reasons an IG is fired. He cited a Senate report saying the requirement is designed to ensure that inspectors general are not removed for political reasons.

Grassley said Walpin had identified millions of dollars in AmeriCorps funds that were wasted or misspent and "it appears he has been doing a good job."

Messages left for Walpin seeking comment were not immediately returned.

The IG found that Johnson, a former all-star point guard for the Phoenix Suns, had used AmeriCorps grants to pay volunteers to engage in school-board political activities, run personal errands for Johnson and even wash his car.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090612/ap_on_go_...

Obama = Fraud

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

United States

#10 Aug 12, 2009
Coolmind wrote:
Rove is a pig. I'd done some reading on him. All he wanted was power for the GOP and any means would justify the ends. He has no honor or scruples
Rove is a pig? Puh-lease! Your faux messiah is worse than Swine.

Rove never advocated Euthanasia or denying Care for the very Young, Elderly & Sick but OBAMA HAS!

He's a bigger POS than even you.

MJR

Since: Apr 07

San Antonio, TX

#11 Aug 12, 2009
Rove is scum...........

“Ther air is cleaner up here”

Since: Feb 09

Foster, RI

#12 Aug 12, 2009
progressive wrote:
<quoted text> Again, not nice to pigs! please find different metaphors! otherwise, your comment is about correct. Probably you should be totally correct and use the modifier "almost" any means, and change the order to "the end of getting power for the GOP would justify almost any means." I think that is what you meant. I keep telling you that your name of "coolmind" puts an addition al burden of complete propriety and rationality upon you. If you were to allow yourself to be a normal hot-headed, annoyed person, replying to some nasty idiot now and then, it would seem to violate your topix name. I like having someone attempt to be always cool and correct, if you can manage it, however. Get your cliches right, your quotes correct, and your modifiers proper, please. I am always more or less glad to see your comments. I allow myself to get annoyed and lose my temper with idiots sometimes - my mind may stay cool, but some part of me is vastly annoyed! I tried cool and terribly high-toned and entirely scholarly for a while - but I got disgusted with the idiots and find no real reason not to say that they are idiots, or mean, evil, liars, or whatever. But you have seeen my repreated protests agaisnt gross insults, from anyone, to anyone. I draw the line there! As for the insults calling someone a Nazi, and the lies that Nazi is a left-wing term, that just provides an opening to show all the reasons for calling the right-wing nuts neo-Nazis and neo-fascists, based on history, philosophy, and political and economic theory, and all the facts.
Then I would assume that referring to the Wizard of Ozbama as a "Neo-communist, neo-socialist, neo-liar, neo-fraud and neo-incompetant, neo-failure would be accurate.

Or I could just call him "progressive".

“Ther air is cleaner up here”

Since: Feb 09

Foster, RI

#13 Aug 12, 2009
The laughing liberal wrote:
<quoted text>
Rove is a pig? Puh-lease! Your faux messiah is worse than Swine.
Rove never advocated Euthanasia or denying Care for the very Young, Elderly & Sick but OBAMA HAS!
He's a bigger POS than even you.
I can't standby and have you insult "sh-t" by associating it with President Ofeces.
Yah

United States

#14 Aug 12, 2009
You mean W's 'Turd Blossom' Rove??????????
progressive

Lamoni, IA

#15 Aug 12, 2009
Fly-Guy wrote:
<quoted text>
Then I would assume that referring to the Wizard of Ozbama as a "Neo-communist, neo-socialist, neo-liar, neo-fraud and neo-incompetant, neo-failure would be accurate.
Or I could just call him "progressive".
No, but you might try flying your plane into an uninhabited mountaintop, and then ask the devil his opinion when you meet him soon thereafter! unless you are already on speaking terms with him - I think Rush, O'Reilly, Coulter, Beck, and Hannity sort of channel him to the likes of you!
progressive

Lamoni, IA

#16 Aug 12, 2009
Yah wrote:
You mean W's 'Turd Blossom' Rove??????????
Not nice to use obscenities - tell them to go to hell, instad!
progressive

Lamoni, IA

#17 Aug 12, 2009
Actually, I suspect that the devil has not finished preparing a hole deep enough and hot enough for fly-guy, He'll have to be content to hang out with Fall-well when he gets there.
commonsins

Baltimore, MD

#18 Aug 12, 2009
carl rove looks like glen beck and limbaugh to me. in fact they look so much alike they looks like brother father and son but dont know which is which. they however are in contrast with hannity who looks like the kid in adams family the movie. weird.
progressive

Lamoni, IA

#19 Aug 12, 2009
Yah wrote:
You mean W's 'Turd Blossom' Rove??????????
See how evil and disgusting fly-guy is, and how your grossness makes it difficult to point out how disgustingly obscene the right-wing nuts are? They can reply by pointing to your type of comment. Think about it. If you don't like Rove, that makes you smart, and you should be smart enough to take the high ground, and leave the low ground to the right-wing extremist mean, vicious, hateful nut-cases.
progressive

Lamoni, IA

#20 Aug 12, 2009
MJR wrote:
Rove is scum..........
I hope you do not mean to insult any poor little living critter or to use an obscenity with the term "scum." Please be careful not to call him a rat or a snake - animals may have pride and/or other feelings that we don't know about. Don't insult them with invidious comparisons.

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