AmeriCorps Board Member: We Initiated IG Firing, Not the President

The firing of the AmeriCorps IG was much ado about nothing as it turns out. It didn't stem from the White House and it was an ongoing problem that AmeriCorps Board Members had been dealing with for a while, but that didn't stop Michele Malkin from making crazy accusations about Michelle Obama being involved.

From TPM's Zachary Roth:

The White House's decision to fire the AmeriCorps inspector general was set in motion by a unanimous request it received from the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which asked the White House to review the IG's performance, according to a board member.

The firing "would not have played itself out" were it not for the fact that the board raised concerns about the IG, Gerald Walpin, after the May 20 board meeting, a board member told TPMmuckraker. The board member added that the White House had no role in encouraging the board to make the review request, calling it "completely board-initiated." The White House had cited the request from the board in its letter to Congress explaining the reason for Walpin's firing.

Since the firing, Walpin has claimed that he was fired because the White House objected to his pursuit of an Obama ally, Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, in an investigation into the misuse of federal funds. Some conservatives have trumpeted those claims....

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Speaking of conservatives who have trumpeted those claims.... Michele Malkin has of course, jumped on the bandwagon, a bit late as it were, attacking Michele Obama by claiming she was much more involved in the firing than people realize.

Take your fucking meds, Michele!

From HuffPo:

Michelle Malkin labeled Michelle Obama "First Crony" on Monday, saying she was complicit in corruption reminiscent of the Clinton years and Watergate. According to Malkin, Michelle Obama's involvement is one of the "underplayed angles" of this story. She referred specifically to AmeriCorps Inspector General firing. (The AmeriCorps board has said that they, not the White House, initiated the dismissal.)

Audi From Media Matters:

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