Friday, June 19, 2009

IG Investigation: 'Dominoes Fall'

From my exclusive report for Pajamas Media:
Describing the probe into the dismissal of the AmeriCorps inspector general, one Capitol Hill source on Thursday compared Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley's demand for facts in the case to a row of dominoes ready to tip over.
Grassley is asking questions, a team of Senate investigators is poring over documents in the case, and where the investigation proceeds now "depends on what dominoes fall next," explained the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. . . .
Beyond the legal and political ramifications, Republicans in Washington acknowledge that the potential scandal could aid their policy battle against the effort by the White House and congressional Democrats to push sweeping new proposals on health care, energy and financial regulation.
In background discussions Thursday, several GOP strategists spoke of the contrast between Democrats' effort to impose new government "reforms" while, at the same time, the Obama administration appears to be muzzling inspectors generals, who are tasked with providing independent oversight to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in federal agencies. . . .
Grassley's team on the IG probe is led by Charles Murphy, a veteran Capitol Hill investigator. Both Grassley and Murphy were unavailable for comment Thursday, but sources with knowledge of the investigation expressed confidence in the meticulous research of Murphy's team. . . .
There's lots more, so read the whole thing at Pajamas Media, and watch for updates at

UPDATE: As I said yesterday, a potentially big scandal like this has an innate appeal to journalists:
Every political reporter in Washington is sniffing around this story now, and I just got off the phone with Matthew Vadum, who's catching the Acela train to New York for a 5 p.m. live appearance on "The Glenn Beck Show."
Before we got off the phone, the last thing I said to Matthew was, "Drop my name, dude."

UPDATE II: Welcome, Instapundit readers! Updated news and commentary on IG-Gate at Now, if only Vadum can remember to look for an opportunity to tell Beck, "Well, as Stacy McCain reported today . . ."

Probably not, though. Never mind. We've got our own cartoon, which ought to be enough . . .

UPDATE III: Verrry interesting! Eric Rasmusen points out how TARP money seems to buy Obama loyalty even from Republicans.


  1. RSM,

    WOW. Simply WOW. Excellent reporting.

  2. Dear Mr. McCain,

    You can take off from the info I have at

    Please forward this to Mr. Murphy, if you know his email. Someone should talk to Mr. Tannenblatt, too-- but I am a bit shy.