Assigned Reading: Fired IG Calls White House Explanation ‘Baseless,’ Says He’s Being Targeted
(FROM: Fox News)
When Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the Bush White House dismissed eight U.S. Attorneys, Congress called for hearings and the administration was lambasted by the press for firing the attorneys for purely political reasons, despite the position being at-will, and despite former President Bill Clinton having fired all 93 U.S. Attorneys years before.
Here, we have a position specifically designed to be apolitical, carefully crafted–in part by then-Sen. Barack Obama himself–to be immune from political winds so as to facilitate fairness and accountability, and yet Gerald Walpin was fired for purely political reasons, because he was giving a corrupt Obama supporter a difficult time, because he was doing his job — and we’ve heard virtually nothing from the press. (Of course, they’re all over Sen. John Ensign’s extramarital affair like flies to our president.)
Instead, they seem to be buying the party line, that Walpin had appeared “confused” and “disoriented” at a meeting, and letting the whole thing go. Now, we have a distinguished attorney and public servant being raked over the coals by this administration and a compliant, subservient press, all while the president gets a completely free pass on his participation in corruption and cronyism which would get nearly any conservative politician run straight out of town.
The story of Walpin’s firing isn’t just another example of partisan bickering on Capitol Hill. This isn’t right versus left — it’s right versus wrong. And it should be held up as a single symptom–of many–of one of the great deception’s of Barack Obama’s presidency: transparency, or the gross lack thereof.