Skip to comments.Issa, Grassley blast Holder in letter after secret meeting with ATF’s Ken Melson
Posted on 07/06/2011 8:26:44 AM PDT by Nachum
Top Republican lawmakers have authored an explosive new letter containing details of secret testimony by acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson, which reveal for the first time the extent to which his agency was involved in an international gun selling scandal.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, fired off the letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday detailing what Melson told Congressional investigators in a secret July 4 testimony.
One key takeaway from the meeting was that Melson acknowledged to investigators that agents had witnessed transfers of weapons from straw purchasers to third parties without following the guns afterwards. Straw purchasers are people who could technically legally buy guns in the U.S. but their intent was to turn around and sell them to drug cartels in Mexico.
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What did Obama know, and when did he know it?
Holder should be extradicted to Mexico to stand trial.
Ordinarily it wouldn't last longer but we are controlled by a communists Administration. Even if he was asked to resign he would just get a seven figure job with one of the communists companies that was on the take. One thing for sure, no jail time as long as the communists control America.
Oh No! A letter. I bet they are terrified.
A mean-spirited letter perhaps?
“Oh No! A letter. I bet they are terrified.”
But I’m sure it was a harshly worded letter! (Actually, from the article, it wasn’t even that.)
Let’s hope so. Maybe they even sent it certified mail. Wow! I wonder how they signed?? Sincerely or what?
And, voting for candidate just because they have an (R) by their name next November will be about as useful as a screen door on a submarine to combat communism in America.
We could use an ill-tempered special prosecutor about now.
Like giving a guy with ten holes in his boat 1 cork?
Sounds like Melson is about to go off the Obama reservation in a big way. This is good news. ??? Any thoughts?
‘We could use an ill-tempered special prosecutor about now.’
I’m not so sure about that. Cold, calculating and ruthless works for me too :)
I don’t really see this going anywhere. The law breakers and the law enforcers play for the same team. The media will run cover for them until the next Casey Anthony type sensation comes along (and it will) to enthrall the masses and this will all blow over. We’ve all seen it time and time again...why should this be any different? The only way we may hear of this again is if it serves the purposes of the evil left; say for instance a white man, in a white van, were to shoot a bunch of minorities or illegal aliens. Then the cries for bans would ensue and the origin of the gun would be lost in the chaos. That’s what they were actually hoping for.
“Sounds like Melson is about to go off the Obama reservation in a big way. This is good news. ??? Any thoughts?”
I think this investigation has the potential to go very deep inside the administration. Melson was probably threatened by Holder. You know how these threats work- implicate, loss of income, dissapointment to your ... family. “What a beautiful wife you have Mr. Melson, how is she (and your kids) coping with all this....”
If he has the balls to go completely public and has the legal equivalent of Monica’s dress in his ‘closet’, things might get very interesting. A cornered animal can be even more dangerous. Obama has our forces in at least 5 conflicts right now: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia (at last count). He will shake things up, rattle the cage, and try to distract to take our attention off this.
As they say, watch what they do, not what they say. :)
Corruption comes in all skin colors!
Seems he got a glimpse of the corpses under the bus and is going into self-preservation mode.
“I dont really see this going anywhere. “
Not yet. Not yet.
If there is enough smoke, the White House will be in a bit more danger here after the next election. IF the Republicans get a majority in both houses and they have real evidence of a coverup by the White House, we will see some very interesting things IMHO.
Only a short-signted fool would believe that a RINO President would be just as evil.
Issa has been building a case. He has been slow and careful, blocking all the exits first, and then moving in...the exits are closed, the ducks are in a row, and the door is about to be kicked down..if this is done correctly, fubo will be impeached, and the charges so airtight that even the commies in the senate will have no choice but to convict(if they prize their careers more than the president)....grab a bud and a bowl of popcorn, it is about to begin
That’s a good assessment. I suspect the pace at which this is developing is quite well throttled to become a significant campaign issue in the fall.
I agree that Issa has been very methodical, and very strategic, about this matter.
GunWalker = Watergate X IranContra.
But the MSM is hitting the snooze button.
It’s not a Republican scandal, so they don’t care.
I agree. Well said. The game is indeed afoot.
Excellent points. I pray that Obama and his minions get caught red handed using the Chicago thug/nazi tactics that this administration is becoming famous for...not that the media has reported it mind you.
He can connect the dots between the gunrunning and gun control factions and tie in upper level people like Janet Napolitano and Holder.
Most important - he has documented how much obstruction of justice has occurred and who did it. When Issa flat comes out and states that there has been obstruction of justice it's a big thing and people now may wish to turning states evidence in return for immunity
The Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats have been arrogant and sloppy since 2009. They figured that they would control Congress for the next 20 years and would never have to face any investigations
But that was a sex scandal - sex on the front page sells more newspapers.
A sex anngle needs to be added...:^)
Someone is gonna be burnt at the stake for this one.
And it ain't gonna be Barry Hussein.
My Prediction: "Mr. Holder is gonna be taking a trip soon, climb aboard the Obama Express Eric! Next stop... "Under the Bus"
According to the left, guns are inadequate penile compensators. Sooooo......
He has refused to fall on his sword for Holder and Obama. This story has legs.
The real question I think is, "Will Holder fall on his Sword for Obama?" I do not think he will. He has always impressed me as a gutless bully. That kind of man will turn on his master to survive.
Holder has a problem. The US Attorney reports to Holder. That US attorny did not dream up this game. Holder had to be in the loop and thus probably Obama.
>Holder should be extradicted to Mexico to stand trial.<
Holder would never have authorized this without knowledge of the Secretary of state or the pResident.
It involved sending guns to narco terrorists in a foreign country.
I doubt that Hillary is going to fall on the sword for Obama.
Holder should go to mexico I agree, but he shouldn’t be going alone.
>What did Obama know, and when did he know it?<
considering it was his idea ......
>Oh No! A letter. I bet they are terrified.
But Im sure it was a harshly worded letter! (Actually, from the article, it wasnt even that.)<
here s the letter.
>Sounds like Melson is about to go off the Obama reservation in a big way. This is good news. ??? Any thoughts?<
he already did. This is BIG. Bigger than watergate or any gate we have ever seen in history.
Someone is going to jail and he is making sure it isn’t him.
Obama and Holder are toast. Maybe take Nipolotano along for the ride as well. Not to mention the FBI just got dragged into this by their short hairs.
>If Holder knew then his Boss knew...
Someone is gonna be burnt at the stake for this one.
And it ain’t gonna be Barry Hussein.
My Prediction: “Mr. Holder is gonna be taking a trip soon, climb aboard the Obama Express Eric! Next stop... “Under the Bus”<
doubtful that anyone is going to stop at holder. This involved guns being illegally bought by the FBI then transfered to NARCO terrorists in a foreign country.
Someone who has the authority to effect treaties would have to given authorization. Hillary or Barry. I doubt that Hillary is going to slide under the wheels of the bus on this one for zero
Interesting...Obama is a gutless bully as well...with borderline personality disorder,sociopathic tendencies and malignant narcissism to boot...should get very dramatic real soon.
GO ISSA GO!!
How are we going to get the media to cover this whole thing? They are just doing cursory and conniving mention of it so far because they are corrupted Obots.
Perhaps an impeachment will get their attention?
Excellent points. I pray you are right about everything. I don’t think Obama and the democrats have just been ‘sloppy’ however.....they have been ‘in your face’ lawless for some time now. Prayers for the forces of good to expose them as the corrupt and evil demagogues that they are.
>How are we going to get the media to cover this whole thing? They are just doing cursory and conniving mention of it so far because they are corrupted Obots.
Perhaps an impeachment will get their attention?<
It will get their attention on it’s own. As much as they decry FOX news, they will not want FOX reporting it with exclusives all the time. Eventually they will realize that with or without their reporting of it, it will not go away. It is going to do massive damage when Issa is done.
You are looking at indictments on the head of Justice and FBI agents now.
No way that Fox will let it slide. As long as they don’t, the alphabets will pick it up. They will not back a losing proposition. And it is going good now, slow, methodical and everything is being done right. There will be no escape.
I think that Melson believes that Obama & company plan on him to be the scape goat & he has decided to let somebody higher up the food chain be the goat .
All this right after it comes out in the press that the Mexican govt. wants to try those responsible in Mexican courts & send folks to Mexican prisons . I don’t believe this is a coincidence .
No we don’t think a RINO POTUS would be as evil, merely unwilling to do anything to clean house. RINO’s are single-minded about preserving their prestige,perks,benefits of high elected office . They are not statesmen by any stretch of the imagination.