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ATF Chief who Oversaw Fast and Furious To Step Down

August 30, 2011  | 

Kenneth Melson, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives chief who has been under fire for the Fast and Furious initiative, has told supervisors he will resign his post, several media outlets are reporting.

Melson, who made the announcement today in a conference call with supervisors, is moving back to the Department of Justice to serve as a senior adviser with the Office of Legal Programs.

News of Melson's departure was reported by several media outlets in June, amid reports that Andrew Traver, who runs ATF's Chicago office, would be offered the job.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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Tags: ATF, Gun Trafficking, Fast and Furious


Comments (6)

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Deadman @ 8/30/2011 4:54 PM

The term,prosecution comes to mind of the desk jockeys that formulated ,ran,controlled aand supervised this lame federal fiasco.We have one dead Border cop and how many Mexican citizens killed due to a lapse in common sense and judgement.You know that if your undercover crew ran an operation this bad that broke so many laws and got people killed,the brass and city fathers would be handing your head to the feds,news organizations and the minority organizations that were screaming bloody murder,due to the racial overtones that it encompassed,but the white house is just going to re-assign people to the attorney generals office so that they could investigate police officers caught on a bad day and hang them out to dry.

john @ 8/30/2011 6:15 PM

Just another smokescreen by Holder and Obama. There is no way that Holder can say that he did not know about this operation. Obama knew as well. If this had happened under a Republican president, the MainStream, Left Wing media would be screaming bloody murder and headhunting. They give Obama a pass on anything that he does. It is enough to make you want to vomit.

Morning Eagle @ 8/30/2011 8:36 PM

So he is now going to be a 'senior advisor' with the office of "legal programs" in the DOJ? He obviously recognizes a 'legal program' when he sees one and his advice should be very helpful. Knowing the federal bureaucracy and its civil service protections he will probably stay at the same pay grade or maybe even move up a notch or two. I see no improvement coming here as the guy the administration to replace him with, Andrew Traver, is just as bad or maybe worse and makes no bones about his beliefs that citizens have no right to own firearms. Everyone that knew about and blessed this deadly debacle by the ATF should be arrested and prosecuted but we know that isn't going to happen. The whole thing will be white washed and covered up long enough for the heat to shift over to something else. We've got a lot of house cleaning to do or the whole shootin' match is going down the tube.

Namvet @ 8/30/2011 9:10 PM

Jeez.

Tom @ 8/31/2011 5:38 PM

Melson no doubt knows what Holder knows which Holder does not want made public. Therefore, instead of firing Melson outright, he is transferred to the Department of Justice. It is obvious that this admin enforces only those laws they see as a benefit to their agenda.

GLENN @ 8/31/2011 6:41 PM

VERY, VERY, VERY SIMPLE...THIS IS JUST ANOTHER NAIL TO BE PUT INTO THE BATF.'S COFFIN. A WORTHLESS BUREAU AT BEST. THEN IT WOULD MAKE THOSE IDIOTS THAT WORK THERE GET A REAL JOB. I DON'T KNOW HOW THOSE GUYS CAN LOOK THEMSELVES IN THE FACE, KNOWING THAT THEY ARE PART OF SUCH A SCREWUP ORGANIZATION THAT GETS PEOPLE KILLED ON PURPOSE.

COME ON MR. PRES. CLOSE THAT PLACE DOWN AND THROW AWAY THE KEY.

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