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Gunrunner: ATF head “resisting” the pressure to resign

June 24, 2011

  As I wrote about here, it looks as though the Department of Justice is looking to make the acting head of the ATF, Kenneth Melson, the fall guy for the botched operation which left border patrol agent Brian Terry dead. Kenneth Melson is being pressured to resign in disgrace for Operation Fast and Furious, but I find it highly unlikely that an operation of this magnitude was not authorized from someone much higher than Melson, and so does Darrell Issa who is claiming that Kenneth Melson’s resignation is not enough because this scandal goes higher up.

  It is now being reported in this story that Kenneth Melson is resisting the calls for his resignation and is actually looking forward to testifying in front of the Congress about his role in the scandal.

He is saying he won’t go,” said one source close to the situation, who asked for anonymity because high-level discussions with Melson remained fluid. “He has told them, ‘I’m not going to be the fall guy on this.’ ”

Added a second source, who also requested anonymity: “He’s resisting. He does not want to go.”

  Kenneth Melson has an open invitation to testify in front of the Congress, but he has yet to do so. If he is so adamant about his willingness to testify in front of the Congress why has he failed to do so?

he has not been given Justice Department approval to appear before Congress.

  Isn’t that interesting? Eric Holder has not given Kenneth Melson permission to testify in front of the Congress, why do you suppose that is? Darrell Issa has claimed that the Department of Justice is involved in a coverup of Operation Gunrunner and now it is being reported that the DOJ is not allowing Melson the opportunity to testify or to clear his name while at the same time trying to pressure him to resign before he can tell his story.

  I think it is pretty evident that Kenneth Melson was not the man who authorized this operation, he was simply following orders; I also think that it is fairly evident that the DOJ is trying to make Melson the fall guy in the hopes that this will relieve the pressure being placed on the department, and satisfy the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. And I think that he will testify in front of the Congress that this is the case; Eric Holder is scared to death to let this happen because there is the real likelihood that Melson could point the finger at Eric Holder or Barack Obama.

  The Department of Justice is trying to stop justice from being served because in this case it is the Justice Department which is to blame for authorizing the operation which killed Brian Terry. Eric Holder is desperately trying to hold onto his job and the mere fact that he will not allow Kenneth Melson his day in front of the Congress is all the proof that I need that this scandal goes all the way to the top.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Otis P. Driftwood permalink
    June 24, 2011 8:53 pm

    Issa is correct – Melson’s resignation is not enough – not near enough. This goes much higher than him. But the higher ones are full of “I/We don’t know”. They are definitely casting Melson as the scapegoat here. But it is an interesting question you raise – why won’t Holder let him testify? Plenty to hide, methinks.


    • June 25, 2011 9:31 am

      I am glad that Issa isn’t going to be satified with Melson’s scalp; Eric Holder is hiding something here and I hope that we get to the bottom of it.


  2. June 24, 2011 10:35 pm

    This is so way worse than Iran Contra. And the MSM? Crickets.


  3. rjjrdq permalink
    June 25, 2011 4:50 am

    Melson can ignore a subpoena at his own peril. If Issa wants him he will have no choice but to testify. My fear is what Holder and his goons are going to threaten Melson with. If this thing goes all the way to the White House, it isn’t a stretch to think that Melson’s life-or that of a loved one could be on the line. After all, they’ve killed already via Mexican drug cartels.


    • June 25, 2011 9:34 am

      I hate to think like that, but you never know what they will stoop to in order to cover this up. From what I understand Melson wants to testify but the DOJ hasn’t given him permission. I am not sure why he would need permission, but he obviously has the goods on Eric Holder.


  4. Old Marine permalink
    June 25, 2011 3:36 pm

    The response by the media is deafening isn’t it? I am sure Kenneth Melson does not want to fall on the sword for Holder. But no matter he would still walk away with a nice retirement package. So why not just do the right thing and blow that whistle?


    • June 25, 2011 8:24 pm

      The media is protecting tnis criminal behavior with their silence. I think that Melson wants to do what is right in order to protect his name, but Holder is preventing him. In the end I cannot see how Holder will be able to block Melson’s testimony and we will learn the truth.



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