A Fast and Furious cover-up


Powerline:

“Fast and Furious” Blows Sky-High

This morning, there was a stunning development in Congress’s investigation of the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” gun-running program: it was revealed that on July 4, Kenneth Melson, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Obama administration’s intended fall guy in the scandal, broke ranks with his superiors. Without their knowledge, he gave an interview to Darrell Issa’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, accompanied only by his personal attorney. While a transcript of that interview is not yet public, it is clear that he blew the whistle on senior officials in the Justice Department.

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The evidence gathered by Issa’s oversight committee suggests that the Obama administration may actually have financed the purchases of firearms by known criminals, which then wound up in the hands of Mexican gangs and were involved in murders, including the murder of an American border patrol agent:

The evidence we have gathered raises the disturbing possibility that the Justice Department not only allowed criminals to smuggle weapons but that taxpayer dollars from other agencies may have financed those engaging in such activities. While this is preliminary information, we must find out if there is any truth to it. According to Acting Director Melson, he became aware of this startling possibility only after the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and the indictments of the straw purchasers, which we now know were substantially delayed by the u.s. Attorney’s Office and Main Justice.

Issa and Grassley link the Obama administration’s effort to slide Melson out of his position, making him the fall guy for the Fast and Furious operation, with Melson’s complaints to Deputy Attorney General James Cole, the number two official in the Department of Justice, about DOJ’s failure to respond adequately to Congress’s requests for information about Fast and Furious:

However, two days after he told Acting Deputy Attorney General Cole about serious issues involving lack of information sharing, the Wall Street Journal reported that unnamed sources said that Melson was about to be ousted.

The full transcript of Melson’s testimony, when released, will be a fascinating document. In the meantime, it appears clear that the Fast and Furious scandal reaches to the very top of Barack Obama’s Department of Justice.


I’m guessing it goes farther than that but somebody will take the fall for Obama. I’m looking forward to another Attorney General with amnesia talking to Congress:


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13 Responses to A Fast and Furious cover-up

  1. WMCB says:

    Holder and other DOJ officials have repeatedly said they were shocked, shocked I tell you that we were sending guns to druglords in Mexico. If it comes out that they knew, it’s going to get ugly.

    Also, this letter about Melson’s testimony is the first I’ve heard about other agencies involvement, and the possibility that not only did they allow the guns to be bought and tracked (rather than stopped), but they might have used tax dollars to fund the purchases.

    This is starting to have an Iran-Contra smell to it.

  2. WMCB says:

    OT, but Major Garret had some perspicacious things to say about Obama’s Twitter Town Hall, and lame attempt to “recapture the magic”:

    But as it stands right now, Obama’s failing to connect and Garrett cited his so-called Twitter town hall meeting as an attempt almost in desperation to resurrect the messaging success the president in his prior election.

    “[I]f people aren’t listening to you on that core message, it doesn’t matter what you say anymore,” he said. “And I think the president is dangerously close to losing that connection with the American people on what he knows about the economy and what he can predict about the economy. And presidents who can’t lead on the economy tend to be replaced. And I think today’s Twitter town hall is evidence of a low-level degree of anxiety bordering on panic within the Chicago reelection headquarters because back 2008 and 2007, I watched this develop on the ground. There was a sense that ‘oh social media created the energy.’ No, social media harnessed and built it out. It made it exponential. But it didn’t create it in the first place and you see a lot of sort of feverish attempts to engage social media as if that’s the means by which to create energy. No – you create energy by what you do, what you say and how you lead, especially if you’re seeking reelection and it’s at that level that I think the energy pool is much more shallow for President Obama than the campaign would like it to be.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/06/major-garrett-obama-twitter-town-hall-evidence-of-a-low-level-degree-of-anxiety-bordering-on-panic/#ixzz1RNACpsnh

  3. merciless says:

    Don’t expect this to go anywhere. Seriously. It won’t, for the same reason Obama laughed at activists who asked about legalizing marijuana. It’s about the money.

    The people who fund the NRA, gun manufacturers, and the pipeline that makes the guns flow, are making a very large fortune supplying arms to Mexico. Sure, some low-level smugglers and some low-level officials will get busted, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. There’s campaign money to be made!

  4. yttik says:

    Everybody screws up and things don’t always go according to plan, but this operation was so bizarre, I can’t even figure out how it was supposed to work. Was there even a plan?

    • myiq2xu says:

      “General, you don’t have a war plan! All you have is a kind of horrible spasm!” – Robert S. McNamara

    • WMCB says:

      I think it was supposed to go:

      govt lets bad guys buy guns —> bad guys take them over the border—–> govt somehow tracks where they are going —–> arrests are made?

      They seemed to ignore the likely probability of that part in the middle, where “Bad guys kill people with the guns”

      Of course, some gun rights folks think it was all that, plus a nice side opportunity for the govt to scream and yell about how guns from gun shows are ending up in the hands of criminals and need to be regulated (even though these gun show sellers were specifically instructed by the govt to let the purchases go through. Because many sellers DID try to report it and refuse sale.)

    • Mary says:

      Sure explains Obama commenting to Brady in a WH meeting (paraphrased):

      Nice to see you; keep working on this. We’re quietly working on it BEHIND THE SCENES. (wink wink)

      True story. Brady admitted it.

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