The conservative media and blogosphere think they have an explosive story on their hands. President Obama illegally fired a whistleblower for investigating Obama's friend and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, conservatives charge. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wants to investigate the "murky" details of Obama's reasons for firing Gerald Walpin, Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
But here are the cold-hard facts:
President Obama did not "illegally" fire Walpin. To fire an IG, according to the Inspector General Reform Act of 2008, the president must inform Congress 30 days before terminating the IG's employment as well as provide Congress with a reason for doing so.
Obama suspended Walpin with pay and informed him that he would be terminated after 30 days. Obama wrote Congress to inform them of this decision and supplied his reasoning for doing so. Congress does not get to grade this reason, they just have to read it. The 'liberal media' has largely ignored this fact.