Monday, June 22, 2009

Walpin-gate expands, Conflict of Interest at Obama Justice Department

Obama’s stated reasons for firing Americorps Inspector General, Gerald Walpin, appear to be unraveling as now the Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched their own investigation into the program formerly ran by Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson, a friend of the Obama’s.

The investigation lends credence to Inspector Walpin’s numerous irregularities cited in St. Hope Academy’s use of AmeriCorps funds.

On the same day Obama fired Walpin, St. Hope's executive director, Rick Maya, left his job at St. Hope charging several St. Hope board members with numerous ethical violations.

On Jan. 22, 2009 Obama issued Executive Order 13493 appointing Attorney General Eric Holder co-chairman of the Special Task Force on Detainee Disposition of Guantánamo detainees.

This presents a conflict of interest in that Holder’s Law Firm has represented Detainees in Guantánamo, requiring Holder to recuse himself, as per Justice Department Regulations, which Holder has yet to do along with a dozen or so similarly conflicted attorney’s at Obama’s Justice Department.

Are these examples of Obama’s promise of transparency and rule of law being the “touchstone of his administration?”

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