View Full Version : Justice Department Obstructing 'Fast and Furious' Gun Probe, ATF Director Says

07-06-2011, 01:39 PM
The Justice Department is obstructing the congressional investigation of a U.S. law enforcement operation intended to crack down on major weapons traffickers on the Southwest border, according to the embattled leader of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Ken Melson, the acting director of the ATF, lobbed the accusation when he sneaked in for an interview with congressional investigators on July 4, two days ahead of his scheduled interview with the inspector general about the operation known as "Fast and Furious," Fox News has learned.

"If his account is accurate, then ATF leadership appears to have been effectively muzzled while the DOJ sent over false denials and buried its head in the sand," Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Eric Holder. "That approach distorted the truth and obstructed our investigation."

The Justice Department is reportedly looking to oust Melson, who has been acting ATF director since April 2009, as the agency deals with its biggest scandal in nearly two decades. Andrew Traver, who was tapped in November by President Obama to become the permanent ATF director, could be named as acting director until the Senate acts on his nomination, sources have said.

In a separate development, congressional sources have learned that not only was U.S. taxpayer money being used to buy guns that were later sent to Mexico, but the main target of the investigation was actually a FBI informant and former drug dealer who had been deported years ago.


Suprised? Not I.

07-06-2011, 01:53 PM

Suprised? Not I.

We thought Reno was bad but idiot Holder takes the cake.

07-07-2011, 01:01 AM
We thought Reno was bad but idiot Holder takes the cake.
He and his justice department are bad news. The FBI cannot hold their head up in pride. They're a disgrace in this issue, too.

07-07-2011, 09:26 AM
talk about a guy that needs to be thrown either out on his ass or into prison

07-07-2011, 12:06 PM
Prison sounds good. Holder is the worst kind of criminal. The type that masquerades as a legitimate, law abiding citizen. All the while he politicizes his position with dictatorial power and no oversight. He needs to go. Either away or to jail.:cool: