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Justice Department trying to shield officials in guns scandal, ATF chief says
Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/18/11 | Richard A. Serrano

Posted on 07/18/2011 4:30:41 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

The Department of Justice is trying to protect its political appointees from becoming embroiled in the broadening Fast and Furious gun-tracing scandal by refusing to release an internal "smoking gun" report that acknowledges the role of top officials in the program that allowed guns to flow illegally into Mexico, according to the head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Kenneth Melson, the ATF acting director, earlier this month also told congressional investigators examining the role of top officials in the ill-fated program that affidavits in support of wiretaps used in the operation are inconsistent with what Justice Department officials have said publicly.

Melson told the investigators that when he raised his concerns with the Justice Department about "institutional problems" with the Fast and Furious operation, department officials resisted his desire to share his thoughts with Congress.

"It was very frustrating to all of us," Melson told congressional investigators over the Fourth of July holiday, "and it appears thoroughly to us that the department is really trying to figure out a way to push the information away from their political appointees at the department."

Not only was the department slow to react, Justice officials even indicated to him they did not want him to cooperate with Congress, Melson said.

His comments appeared in transcripts released by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the top GOP member on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"The Deputy Attorney General's office wasn't very happy with us" at ATF, Melson said, "because they thought this was an admission that there were mistakes made. Well, there were some mistakes made."

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To: unixfox

Obama LIED, and Mexicans DIED!

61 posted on 07/19/2011 1:41:03 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: mrspeelwerneeded

I suspect that candidate would be Sarah Palin... She has a track record of going after corrupt scumbags, with a beautiful smile to boot!

62 posted on 07/19/2011 4:05:06 PM PDT by Bluesmover (When the people fear the govt, there is tyranny. When the govt fears the people, there is liberty.)
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To: 2harddrive
I can't believe this story isn't being covered much by ABC News, if at all.

What's the deal? Are they on the administration's side? Certainly not.

Let me tell ya, I watch ALL of the major news networks and I hear a lot of alleged bias directed at CNN and NBC and especially CBS, but to me NONE OF THEM are as crooked and in bed with this administration as ABC News. They are downright pathetic, the worst of the worst.

Just thought I'd get that off my chest.

63 posted on 07/20/2011 12:08:48 PM PDT by mikhailovich
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