‘Fast and Furious’ just got more interesting

Hill Buzz

…Melson opted to have a secret meeting with Issa and Grassley so he could say what was really on his mind….and there was a lot on his mind.

Here’s a brief little summary of things discussed in the July 4th meeting…

  • Issa & Grassley are talking to other sources who are backing up Melson’s testimony.  That includes intimations that BATFE was not informed of certain operations being done by the DEA & the FBI concurrently.  Operations where “some of the gun trafficking “higher-ups” that the ATF sought to identify were already known to other agencies and may even have been paid as informants”.
  • So several other government agencies were also doing concurrent  operations involving gun sales to Mexican thugs?  Doesn’t the DOJ oversee the ATF and the DEA?  Apparently the Arizona US Attorney Dennis Burke (an Obama appointee) is up to his eyeballs in the scandal because his office provided legal advice to the ATF during Fast and Furious. No matter which way you go with this fiasco….all roads lead back to the DOJ and Eric Holder…

    Read the complete article at Hill Buzz.

    At Babalu Blog, Follow the Money: The EPA, ATF, DOJ and POTUS Under The Radar

    Obama’s EPA chief Lisa Jackson is set to push ahead with stricter and more business/industry oppressive restrictions, regulations and rules that will do nothing to boost job growth and the economy. Rather, it will make it far worse. However, come to find out the EPA funds the environmental groups that file lawsuits

    …On Monday, the Fourth of July, acting ATF director Kenneth “They Ain’t Throwing Me Under The Damn Bus” Melson testified in a somewhat secret hearing. It was testimony Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) had to make a deal for:

    Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) have been keen to discuss the scandalous “Operation Fast and Furious” with Acting ATF Director Ken Melson. Previous testimony by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has painted Melson in a very poor light. Stunned investigators heard accounts of Melson watching straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels purchasing American guns via closed-circuit TV, and all but cackling with joy.

    Melson, who after all was a “temporary” appointee, looked like the perfect fall guy for the operation. Instead, Melson decided he would like to cooperate with House Oversight and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Procedure dictated that he required permission from the Justice Department to testify, so a deal was struck with Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT), in which Grassley would allow three Obama Administration nominations to move forward, in exchange for access to Melson and other witnesses.

    And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, guess where funding for Project “Fast and Furious” “Gun Runner/Walker” came from? Oh, come on … You know where. Why, that whole ‘job creating’ Obama Stimulus, of course…

    Read the complete article at Babalu.

    CAJ note: Does anyone else find it exceedingly cynical that Grassley  had to make a deal with Leahy in exchange for testimony? A border agent is dead, ATF guns are showing up at all kinds of crime scenes, and we have Senators doing petty backroom deals to get to the truth…Yeah, yeah…we know it’s how business gets done in DC. Maybe that’s the problem…

    Update: At Forbes, How Effective Was The 2009 Stimulus Program? No irony intended. H/T Ace of Spades HQ.

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