ATF Director: Holder Is Obstructing Fast and Furious Gun Probe …Update: 43 Weapons in Phoenix Traffic Stop Linked to ATF’s Gun Running (Video)

UPDATE: 43 guns seized in a Phoenix traffic stop were linked to the Fast and Furious gun running program.
Via Free Republic:

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The acting director of the ATF Ken Melson told a congressional panel that Attorney General Eric Holder is obstructing the fast and furious gun probe.
FOX Nation reported, via Free Republic:

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.

The White House still won’t disclose when they heard of the DOJ’s gun-running scheme.

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  • PMain

    The White House cannot disclose when they heard of the program, because they have already publicly denied that they didn’t sign off on it. Ironically, this decision prevents them from using Executive Privilege, since they were “uninformed” & the approval supposedly didn’t originate in the White House. So basically they’re trapped & my guess is that they were hoping to contain what information was released & when.

    Honestly, it’s a little hard to believe that an Administration that has micro-managed almost everything, by-passing traditional Cabinet level officers, wasn’t involved in a program that utilized coordination between the US Attorney’s Office, FBI, DEA, BATFE & the IRS. Who really believes that Holder or Napolitano were not informed? Who really believes that either would okay such an encompassing, multi-jurisdictional program without a White House green light?

  • ohio

    The White House still won’t disclose when they heard of the DOJ’s gun-running scheme.

    Wrong question. Question should be “When did the White House authorize this scheme”.

  • scituate_tgr

    It appears that the gun running wasn’t limited to Mexico:


    Guess they really wanted to get to that 90% number by any and all means possible, to [eventually] disarm the US citizenry.

  • PCM

    Okay, so let’s skip to the last reel: What is Issa going to do about it?

  • mg4us

    If Holder is involved, wouldn’t be surprised to find out that these guns are slowly making their way back into the US as preparation for 2012 Elections. . heading to inner cities and Black Panthers. .

    Porbably related to the Black thugs Flash mobs breaking out across this country. . .

    hey, isn’t this the Obama way “they bring a knife, we bring a gun!” In this case, Ak-47s!!!

  • Nelle

    I can see the ad now. A brief intro to “Fast and Furious”. Obama’s quote to Sarah Brady about making progress on gun control “under the radar”. Brief vids of Obama, Clinton, Calderon claiming US guns are fueling Mexican drug crime. Clip from network news displaying US guns confiscated in Mexico, decrying the availability. Headline of US border agent killed by gunwalker gun. Headline from Mexican paper about citizens killed by gunwalker guns. Clips from Issa’s letter to Holder re obstruction of the investigation and possible firing of Melson. And a bold font question: What would they do to take your guns?

  • Gideon Reed

    I am looking foward to an early appointment of a Independent Special Counsel/Prosecutor
    and eventual subpoenas to several Cabinet Officers and the Chief Executive, for investigation into impeachable offences.
    Investigate, Indict, incarcerate. Repeat as needed.

    Please. PLEASE consider an e-mail feature for the fowarding of GP featured stories to friends overseas.

  • Mark

    “What is Issa going to do about it?”

    That is the point. He is a CA Republican (as I once was), so my immediate reaction is to brand him a self serving RINO SOB with a price tag. I sincerely hope I am wrong. Do the right thing Issa.

  • Rachelle

    Holder needs to go to prison, preferably in Mexico where he is responsible for many deaths, but any American prison will do.

    Hasn’t Holder violated Arizona criminal laws?

    Maybe he should be prosecuted by the state. Finally that nincompoop will recognize that states exist and have powers.

  • Rock

    As noted above with WTF and his old lady poking their heads into everything we do from what we eat, to where we seek medical help, its hard to believe he is not deeply involved in this, and thus contributed to the murder of many. With Iran looking to use the World court to seek trials on many within our Government, got to wonder if Mexico’s President will be so inclined. Then we will see WTF’s position on American exceptionalism.

  • wanumba

    43 guns nabbed during a Phoenix traffic stop.
    Obama, “Working as planned.”

    May all those who are guilty of being part of this be brought to court to face justice.

  • I_B_Prophen

    How many times will Eric Holder enter the realm of treasonable acts before this Government confronts him, and puts an end to his deplorable behavior once and for all?

  • saveus

    impeach holder, napolitano and obama

  • wanumba

    Now we suspect another reason for why Eric Holder sued AZ to stop it from enforcing SB1070.

  • Freddy

    It would seem that hard core socialist leftists would rather rat out their own than fall on a sword.

  • Ice

    You really have to wonder if this wasn’t an attempt of this Administration and the State Department to ‘create a crisis’ in order to try and justify the removal of the 2nd Ammendment. When you go back and review Mexico’s Calderon and the State Departments Hillary Clinton’s comments about ‘how it’s the American citizens fault that guns are crossing the border’, and all their following comments after that……you really have to wonder if you are looking at an orchestrated attempt by our own Goverment to create a case/crisis to attack the Constitution. That would not warrant loss of job for those goverment officials, instead it should warrant life in prison and possibly stand on treason charges.

  • mamagriz68

    My sincere hope is that this will somehow lead to impeachment and we will end the long national nightmare that we all knew Obama would be. It’s good to dream, right?

  • Rock

    I hope is this will be the straw that breaks the Donkeys back. But time will tell. I will not be holding my breath for a righteous outcome. A once popular song comes to mind, Slip Sliding Away by Paul Simon.

  • scituate_tgr

    I was home (Ohio) for the holiday weekend and mentioned F&F to my father. He “follows” the TV news (network, pbs), reads the papers (local rag, mostly AP pick-ups), reads an assortment of finance magazines and he’s never heard a peep of this scandal.

    Fortunately, we recently purchased a tablet for him, so I bookmarked this blog and an assortment of other blogs on his browser.

  • Mikey

    #15 – “It would seem that hard core Socialist Leftists would rather rat out their own than fall on a sword”

    Wow, that is really an interesting comment. So, in your opinion, the guy should just take the fall for this illegal administration instead of doing the RIGHT thing? Yeah, let’s just do the cover up so that Holder, Napolitano and Obama aren’t snared doing something that is SO ILLEGAL AND WRONG that it is beyond description. This is an act of treason against the United States and its citizens. I sure hope some heads will roll. And all of you that seem to think Issa is going to fold; I don’t think so. He is the one that has pursued this from the beginning. I think justice will be served.