In this case we have learned a lot from them but Patrick Richardson of Pajamas Media writes on the sideways reassignment of some of them. Kicked upstairs, or just kicked aside?
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Acting Director Ken Melson, who has been linked to Operation Fast and Furious which allowed thousands of military-style weapons across the border into Mexico, is stepping down to take a position in the Department of Justice:
Kenneth E. Melson, who has faced heavy criticism in connection with the gun-trafficking investigation, announced Tuesday that he is stepping down as acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Also resigning is Dennis Burke, the U.S. attorney in Phoenix whose office oversaw the Fast and Furious program, in which ATF agents purposely allowed weapons to be illegally purchased in the hope of catching Mexican drug cartel leaders.
According to CBS News, Melson will become a senior advisor on forensic science in the DOJ’s Office of Legal Programs.
This one was kicked aside, probably with good reason:
Despite the fact that Dennis Burke’s resignation letter cited everything but Fast and Furious as his reason for stepping down, sources within ATF tell PJMedia he was forced to resign because he’d thrown Melson and Holder under the bus on Operation Fast and Furious. According to Fox News:
Burke was on the hot seat last week with congressional investigators and, according to several sources, got physically sick during questioning and could not finish his session.
The stories of the Gunwalker scandal have been lost, purposely or not, by the other news going on in America. Earthquakes and hurricanes focus the mind, and the MSM on “Breaking Stories.” Good to see a followup on this one.