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Gungate: ATF Director Kenneth Melson Ousted

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Acting Director Kenneth Melson, who has been in hot water with the Justice Department for trying to talk to Congress about the disastrous Fast and Furious operation, has been transferred to another post within DOJ, according to reports.

Melson’s transfer – ATF is part of DOJ – and other similar actions taken toward those who participated in Fast and Furious raises questions about whether Justice is trying to buy people’s silence by landing them in cushy positions within the government.

Given the lengths to which DOJ is going to hide information, it begs the question of what Attorney General Eric Holder knew about the fiasco and whether President Obama himself was in any way involved.

But the mainstream media has done little to investigate the matter which – I’m convinced – would have attracted teams of reporters from major news outlets were Republicans running the country, particularly if a name like “Dick Cheney” were in the mix.

Melson helped run Fast and Furious, which transferred weapons to Mexican drug dealers in an effort to track them but ended up being used in killings, including the deaths of U.S. agents.

Early this summer, Melson resisted pressure from Justice Department officials to step down and effectively become the fall guy for the botched operation.

Though the Justice Department tried to keep him from talking to Congress, he agreed to be deposed the weekend of July 4th by congressional investigators with his own attorney present – not one provided by the Justice Department, which would have been standard procedure.

Melson claimed that the Justice Department had been attempting to keep him from cooperating with congressional investigators and that it was trying to protect political appointees by concealing documents showing their intimate involvement in Fast and Furious.

Justice has already acted to promote several officials who know details about Fact and Furious.

According to Fox News:

Three ATF supervisors responsible for the operation. William G. McMahon, a former deputy director of operations, took over the Office of Professional Responsibility. Field supervisors William D. Newell and David Voth, also moved up despite heavy criticism.

In addition:

In Phoenix, Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley, who oversaw Fast and Furious on a day-to-day basis, was reassigned from the criminal to civil division. His boss, U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke, was on the hot seat last week and spoke to congressional investigators. According to multiple sources, he got physically sick during questioning and could not finish his session.

Also in Phoenix, three out of the four whistleblowers involved in the case have been reassigned to new positions outside Arizona. Two are headed to Florida, one to South Carolina.

CBS News is reporting that Melson will assume the DOJ position of senior advisor, Office of Legal Programs.

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25 Responses to Gungate: ATF Director Kenneth Melson Ousted

  1. Reassignments are not what’s called for. Things like this are reprehensible. Just another revolving door and people who should be sitting behind bars keep their pay and benefits.

    • Just what I was thinking, William. If someone does something that compromises the security of the whole country, they don’t get guaranteed a cushy “job” away from all the heat, they get put on the stand, and eventually get tossed in prison. Must be some of Obama’s favorites (maybe Big O himself) who stand to go up the river. What a state this country is in.

      • If this were a Bush Admin. you’d see 60 min/ abc 20/20 and every other “investigative” news sniffing the trail like bloodhounds after the fox!
        There is a real life cover up going on with obambo & friends doing a nice job of keeping it from the public.. how shameful this .. these are the examples showcased by the chinese , ruskies etc. to show the downfalls of our Govt. and way of life….

  2. It would have been embarrassing at the most for the officials involved in the operation to admit that it got out of hand, they lost direction or that it was generally a bust. A two day story, a few demotions in-house and that would have been the end of it.
    Politicians have learned nothing from PrezNixon’s Watergate disaster.

    • “t would have been embarrassing at the most for the officials involved in the operation to admit that it got out of hand, they lost direction…”

      It was more then that, Lost in this is the issue of how the guns got sold. The gun stores did what they were supposed to do during the sales. But the buyers we’re generally ineligible to buy weapons due to criminal records. To skirt this, there was an ‘interception’ done during the NICS transaction that allowed the query by the gun store to come back indicating that they were dealing with an eligible purchaser.

      This indicates that there was ‘real time’ monitoring of the program, not just something they turned loose and lost track of.

      • Bill, thank you. That does make a big difference, doesn’t it? They tracked the guns and knew what was going on all the time — they KNEW.

  3. We’re going to be hard pressed to pin anything on Holder as he is convinced that he is above the law. His arrogance is only exceeded by his contempt for Congress.

  4. I can see a sudden rash of heart attacks and fatal car crashes happening in the near future. A call to Chicago and there will be more than dead fish showing up around DC and in Arizona.

  5. It’s a cover up. They don’t want this to come up during the run up to the election. The lackeys who carried out this administration’s failed attempt to institute gun control by fiat, traded their integrity for promotions to do nothing jobs. They think out of sight out of mind, but not this time. Many lives on both sides of the border were lost as a result of their scheme. We won’t forget the individuals involved in Fast and Furious, and state run media won’t prevent the truth from getting out. One day justice will be served to Agents Jaime Zapata and Brian Terry.

  6. Stimulus funds were used to buy the guns; jobs were created distributing the guns; the economy was improved without Obama giving another speech. What more do you expect from a “community organizer” who surrounds himself with incompetent fools?

  7. “Melson’s transfer … and other similar actions taken toward those who participated in Fast and Furious” ANSWERS the question of whether or not Justice is trying to buy people’s silence by landing them in cushy positions within the government.

    Shameful. This administration is a shame-a-day calendar.

  8. “Given the lengths to which DOJ is going to hide information, it begs the question of what Attorney General Eric Holder knew about the fiasco and whether President Obama himself was in any way involved.

    But the mainstream media has done little to investigate the matter which – I’m convinced – would have attracted teams of reporters from major news outlets were Republicans running the country, particularly if a name like “Dick Cheney” were in the mix.”

    Well, don’t keep us in suspense, Keith! What have YOUR investigations turned up?

    Unless…the mainstream media has gotten to you too!!!