Say it ain’t so! Eric Holder and the DOJ obstructing an investigation? Who knew?
Exactly. We did. Holder and the DOJ claimed they never knowingly permitted the sale of these weapons to suspected gunrunners; however, thanks to Kenneth Melson’s testimony, our suspicions were confirmed that they did know, and even worse, attempted to shut down this investigation by intentionally misleading Congress, and only giving them limited information.
The top man in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has turned sensationally against his Department of Justice bosses saying they were trying to stymie an investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.Read the full story here.
Kenneth Melson, acting director of the ATF, gave a secret deposition to Congress on July 4, it was revealed today. He took his own lawyer instead of relying on one from the ATF.
The stunning move will increase pressure on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over the operation that saw some 2,000 guns sold to straw buyers who then sold them to Mexican drug cartel leaders.
But Fast and Furious and its sister plan, Project Gunrunner, went disastrously wrong, and 80 percent of the weapons went missing. Two were found at the Arizona site where Border Agent Brian Terry was killed in December.
Republicans leading the investigation in both the House and Senate wrote a stinging letter to Holder yesterday informing him of Melson’s move, calling it “extremely helpful to our investigation.”
Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Charles Grassley wrote, “He was candid in admitting mistakes that his agency made and described various ways he says that he tried to remedy the problems.”
“However, he said that Justice Department officials directed them not to respond and took full control of replying to briefing and document requests from Congress. The result is that Congress only got the parts of the story that the Department wanted us to hear,” they wrote.
“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.”
Issa and Grassley also said that Melson claimed that the Justice Department falsely leaked stories to the press that he was about to resign over Fast and Furious. They warned Holder against firing him now. “It would be inappropriate for the Justice Department to take action against him that could have the effect of intimidating others who might want to provide additional information to the Committees.
At what point do we say enough is enough, and demand Holder’s resignation? Every time we turn around, he’s making a bad decision, and this is just one more example of his complete incompetence. We have a dead border agent because of this “sting”. Just to name a few other failures…after the 2008 elections, Holder refused to prosecute New Black Panther members for voter intimidation. He also called Americans “a nation of cowards” in regards to racial issues. The failure to protect military voting rights in 2010 happened under Holder’s watch. And Holder still insists on trying terrorists in civilian courts. Why are we giving terrorists the same Miranda rights only afforded to American citizens? Why would we allow terrorists to spew hateful anti-American rhetoric in our courts? What about the security of our American citizens? Holder clearly has an agenda, just like his boss, and we can’t afford to keep this man around any longer.