Tuesday, June 16, 2009


LA Times – Morning Briefing

June 15 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking for information on any role First Lady Michelle Obama's office may have played in the president's decision to fire the inspector general of AmeriCorps over his investigation of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

Grassley requested that Alan Solomont, chairman of the government-run Corporation for National and Community Service, which runs AmeriCorps, provide all records related to contacts with the first lady's office. Both Solomont, a Democrat, and the board's vice chairman, Republican Stephen Goldsmith, have said they backed President Obama's decision to fire Gerald Walpin.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Michelle Obama played no role in the decision


● Michelle Obama is the founder of  Public Allies Chicago, an AmeriCorps program that prepares youth for public service.

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