Now, in an interview with FOXNews.com. Walpin called the "lack of candor" charge "a total lie," and repeated his contention that he was fired for daring to go hard after Johnson, an Obama supporter.
As for the explanation that Walpin was confused at a meeting, he responded, improbably, by referencing a verbal slip-up that Barack Obama made during the campaign, which conservatives tried unsuccessfully to make hay out of at the time.
Said Walpin: "I would never say President Obama doesn't have the capacity to continue to serve because of his (statement) that there are 56 states." And he added that same is true for Vice President Joe Biden and his "many express confusions that have been highlighted by the media."
And he amped up the level of rhetoric, declaring: "I am now the target of the most powerful man in this country, with an army of aides whose major responsibility today seems to be to attack me and get rid of me."
Not exactly a picture of the kind of dignified, apolitical watchdog that you'd want for an IG.
As for the absentee charge, Walpin said that CNCS had agreed to allow him to work from home. He said he had planned to resign before Obama took office because his wife objected to his weekly commuting from New York to Washington. But he reconsidered after coming to an agreement with the board allowing him to come to the capital twice or more a eek, and work from home the rest of the time. He said he had "never had a single objection" to the arrangement until the White House's letter.
We certainly haven't heard the last of this.