Barack Obama nominates one of the men behind Fast and Furious for ATF Director
Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones for the position of ATF Director. The problem with this choice it the fact that Mr. Jones was one of the people who helped to create the operation known as Fast and Furious which left at least two Americans and hundreds of Mexicans dead, while hundreds of weapons are still being used in crimes to this day.
Jones was personally a part of the high-ranking Department of Justice unit that first met on October 26, 2009, to create the new DOJ policy that was used to justify “gunwalking” in Operation Fast and Furious. In Fast and Furious, the ATF “walked” roughly 2,000 firearms into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels. That means through straw purchasers the agency allowed sales to happen and didn’t stop the guns from being trafficked, even though they had the legal authority to do so and were fully capable of doing so.
According to a congressional report from House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman Rep. Darrell Issa and Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley, Jones was one of several senior DOJ officials in the meeting.
Darrell Issa is not too pleased with this decision:
Acting Director Jones was at the helm of ATF as many troubling problems from the fallout of Operation Fast and Furious festered,” Issa declared. “His specific decisions on a number of Fast and Furious related issues raise concerns about his judgment and ability to lead the agency.
“While I continue to believe that ATF needs to have a Senate confirmed Director, President Obama has a responsibility to find a nominee who can win confirmation and is not saddled by a string of bad decisions related to the agency’s greatest recent failure
Just like Benghazi, where the only person who has been held responsible for the attack is an American “film-maker who is rotting in jail, nobody has been held accountable for the Fast and Furious scandal. A few people have been shifted around and now a man partially responsible for the deadly operation is going to become the permanent head of the ATF if Barack Obama has his way. And this is his idea of accountability?