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Sources: ATF director out of top job
cbsnews.com ^ | August 30, 2011 11:13 AM | Sharyl Attkisson

Posted on 08/30/2011 9:15:07 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Sources say ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson is being moved out of the top job at the Bureau. It's not yet publicly known where he would go, but sources inside the Justice Department believe one option is a transfer to a position at Department of Justice headquarters. The Justice Department had no immediate comment, and did not confirm the move.

Melson's move would be another in a number of high-level personnel shifts, as the Inspector General continues investigating the so-called gunwalker scandal at the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

ATF promotes "Fast and Furious" supervisors

ATF denies promotions of controversial figures

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: banglist; corrupt; corruption; fastandfurious; ffgate; fired; fstandfurious; gungrabberobama; gunrunner; gunwalker; holder; impeachobama; issa; melson; obama; obstruction
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1 posted on 08/30/2011 9:15:09 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Melson should file a Whistleblower claim, pronto.


2 posted on 08/30/2011 9:18:09 AM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Nachum; MestaMachine; 444Flyer; Munz

ping


3 posted on 08/30/2011 9:18:16 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Oh the visit to Capitol Hill on July 4th has come back to bite him. They put him where they can keep a close watch over his activities. That's OK cover-ups usually never work in the long run - unless you are a Clinton.
4 posted on 08/30/2011 9:18:24 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: reagandemocrat

And let’s not forget Melson refused to resign and said he would NOT be the fall guy and did whistle blow.


5 posted on 08/30/2011 9:19:43 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: mad_as_he$$

He will be assigned to holding targets at the Secret Service range.


6 posted on 08/30/2011 9:20:21 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Do the hustle!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFz2WkVAk38


7 posted on 08/30/2011 9:21:04 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

bingo. IMHO, he has a good case. He “blew the whistle” on July 4th. The gov’t retaliated today. His damages are sky high and I hope he pursues this.


8 posted on 08/30/2011 9:23:06 AM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Someone sent Ken a dead fish in the mail.


9 posted on 08/30/2011 9:23:34 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: reagandemocrat

Also a reminder that MELSON TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS IN SECRET.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/07/atf-chief-testifies-before-congress-in-secret-over-controversial-gun-program/


10 posted on 08/30/2011 9:24:52 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

That guy who lives in our WH...is looking for another AG...holder is goin’ down.


11 posted on 08/30/2011 9:25:45 AM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: Big Giant Head

Ping

I guess he wasn’t a “Team” player.


12 posted on 08/30/2011 9:27:59 AM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Smart move by Melson....he’s getting sound advice.


13 posted on 08/30/2011 9:28:12 AM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Nachum

From Issa to Obama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1il68Opxug


14 posted on 08/30/2011 9:35:36 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

as long as he’s still in the govt, they can influence what he says.


15 posted on 08/30/2011 9:37:12 AM PDT by GodfearingTexan
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
From the article linked (abc "news"):

"In the July 5,2011 letter (read more HERE) lawmakers who were once very critical of Melson and his tenure at ATF, have since changed their tune and are now urging the Attorney General to ensure Melson is being treated fairly – even suggesting that action against Melson by the Justice Deparmtment could have the effect of “intimidating others who might want to provide additional information to the committees.”

Bingo! Now who will stop him? [Crickets]

16 posted on 08/30/2011 9:39:48 AM PDT by In Maryland ("If stupidity got us into this mess, why can't it get us out?" - Mark Twain)
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To: harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; wku man; SLB; ...
Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!
17 posted on 08/30/2011 9:40:51 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

CBS News....”so-called gunwalker scandal”

See B.... S...is the same as always


18 posted on 08/30/2011 9:42:31 AM PDT by t2buckeye
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To: shield
Nope that is what Obama is avoiding at all costs.Melson is being moved to inside mob protection of any more testimony at the department of Justice.

Obstruction of Justice from Obama and the Justice Department will get them before they succeed in any cover up and avoidance of Holder stepping down.

19 posted on 08/30/2011 9:47:57 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: t2buckeye

Yes but they did break the story and then a blogger paged forced it through the media cover up and black-out.


20 posted on 08/30/2011 9:49:20 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Powerful Dems on the sidelines are working with powerful republicans...to move Holder out...this is a slow process...it has been said it will happen...


21 posted on 08/30/2011 9:52:12 AM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: reagandemocrat

Now he is being gagged and told to shut up.There was also an article that showed the ones who testified and said I DON’T KNOW about Nothin (like Obama and Holder did) got cushy DC promotions and office jobs and one of the agents that whistle blowed testified was fired.

Seems to be a clear pattern of obstruction....


22 posted on 08/30/2011 9:55:03 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: shield

The headline should say Holder resigning awaiting a court hearing of obstruction, it doesn’t. The star witness has been moved to Holder to shut him up.Obama will never fire Holder and 75 high ranking government judicials could call for Holder to step down he won’t and the media will cover and black it out. How do you impeach and remove/recall an AG? Watching Issa’s next move will say all.


23 posted on 08/30/2011 10:03:06 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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24 posted on 08/30/2011 10:04:55 AM PDT by MestaMachine (If the truth hurts, prepare yourself for a LOT of pain.)
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To: MestaMachine

Az. US attorney out as well.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/30/sources-atf-director-to-be-reassigned-amid-fast-and-furious-uproar/


25 posted on 08/30/2011 10:09:38 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: Nachum

Another one LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVjITlgqlHo


26 posted on 08/30/2011 10:13:59 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: MestaMachine

Two shockers drudge has this headline up and Politico has Melson “stepping down.”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/62320.html


27 posted on 08/30/2011 10:17:14 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Kenneth Melson, acting ATF chief, steps down

Kenneth Melson, the bureau’s acting director, on Wednesday will move to the Office of Legal Policy, where he will be a senior adviser on forensic science

Hmmm. Can advisors be forced to testify?
28 posted on 08/30/2011 10:33:09 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: MestaMachine

Mesta,...his replacement is from Minnesota....isn’t that the state who has a Muslim Gov.?


29 posted on 08/30/2011 10:45:07 AM PDT by caww
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Wow, people are dead due to his actions, and will continue to die, and he gets a job transfer. That’s liberal Obamaland for you.


30 posted on 08/30/2011 11:06:32 AM PDT by Reagan is King
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To: GodfearingTexan

>>>as long as he’s still in the govt, they can influence what he says.<<<

True, but Holder’s not so concerned about what Melsen will say, he’s scared to death over what he ALREADY SAID, under oath, on Independence Day— no less.

Zero is in damage control.

The horns of a dilemma.


31 posted on 08/30/2011 11:15:50 AM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Reagan is King

How is Holder not in jail and Obama not getting articles of impeachment for obstruction?


32 posted on 08/30/2011 11:31:58 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: caww

The story was title changed and updated.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20099228-10391695.html


33 posted on 08/30/2011 11:35:57 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Melson will move to MASS and marry Holder so they can claim spousal immunity.


34 posted on 08/30/2011 11:40:51 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (My mind is like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.)
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To: Nachum

Am I reading this correctly? it sounds like Melson’s replacement is an attorney for terrorists?

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mn/oped.html


35 posted on 08/30/2011 11:41:52 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: caww

Loos that way

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mn/oped.html


36 posted on 08/30/2011 11:43:02 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Where does one go for Witness Protection when the protectors are the ones you need protection from? bump


37 posted on 08/30/2011 11:47:19 AM PDT by MurrietaMadman
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To: Joe Brower

Obama is highly involved in this skullduggery!!

Be Ever Vigilant!!


38 posted on 08/30/2011 11:57:01 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: reagandemocrat

i beg your pardon for not being informed on this subject, but if he’s already testified in secrecy, and in public, why are the Reps not doing anything with the information they received?


39 posted on 08/30/2011 12:20:15 PM PDT by GodfearingTexan
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

These people need to be in jail — not “reassigned”.


40 posted on 08/30/2011 12:27:18 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: GodfearingTexan
...why are the Reps not doing anything with the information they received?

Good question. It may be that they are just GOPussys.

41 posted on 08/30/2011 12:38:54 PM PDT by Never on my watch (WTF happened to my country?)
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To: GodfearingTexan

Patience, my FRiend. The wheels of justice turn slowly.

Issa is playing high stakes poker, close the vest.

Recall that Holder asked Issa for a copy of the 4th of July testimony (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2765497/posts) He really, really needs that transcript—it presents a perjury trap for Eric.

And today the AG from Arizona resigned http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2771002/posts

Stay tuned.

Issa’s building a corral around the DOJ.


42 posted on 08/30/2011 1:24:51 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Oh Hell NO!....no way in Cowboy Hell....there is no way anyone in their right mind should let him be the sole fall guy.......this crap oozes down from all the way at the top - OBAMA and HOLDER.....impeach Obama and indict Holder for accessory to murder!


43 posted on 08/30/2011 1:26:57 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Weird Weird Weird.

An official conspires to violates Federal law repeatedly, committing multiple felonies, and he gets reassigned?!?!?

This thing is smelling more and more rotten every week. I honestly am wondering if this is Obama's Watergate.

I see the US Atty at the "top" of this has also been "reassigned."

WHY have they not been fired, AND prosecuted??

44 posted on 08/30/2011 1:42:03 PM PDT by cookcounty ("I love loving him," --brilliant Matha's Vinyud liberal explaining her support for Obama)
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To: reagandemocrat
"And today the AG from Arizona resigned"

No it was the US Attorney for the District of Arizona (Holder's DOJ), NOT the Arizona AG.

Again, Only an incompetent would fail to fire these guys ASAP. .........unless..............&$%#@*%&&!!

45 posted on 08/30/2011 1:47:23 PM PDT by cookcounty ("I love loving him," --brilliant Matha's Vinyud liberal explaining her support for Obama)
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To: cookcounty

Um...this particular official blew the whistle and spilled the beans. What’s surprising is that he was reassigned, instead of becoming metabolically challenged.


46 posted on 08/30/2011 1:47:32 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: cookcounty

A small part of your scenerio you are missing is the official you are speaking of that violated federal law you speak about is Melson.He gave secret testimony on the 4th of July to Issa’s oversight congressional committeeIssa’s statements from committee show that they are convinced Melson tried to cooperate with subpoena’s from congress and was told not to as well as Melson gave testimony on his orders and how high up they went.Melson was a whistle blower and they want him at arms length now. As well as the facts that one of the agent whistle blowers that testified under oath like Melson and the others was fired. Two of the top dog officials that testified ‘I don’t know” were promoted to cushy DC offices.

Obstruction is evident.This will make watergate look like girl scouts.


47 posted on 08/30/2011 2:22:18 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Obama is throwing him under the bus hoping that the wolves that are closing in will be appeased by Melson’s carcass and stop chasing him.


48 posted on 08/30/2011 3:31:06 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

And the $64,000 question is: What does Obama hope to gain by transferring him to to the DOJ?


49 posted on 08/30/2011 3:32:41 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

“MELSON TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS IN SECRET”

That means it took 3 seconds for the testimony to reach 0 instead of 2.


50 posted on 08/30/2011 8:39:41 PM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (I have a liberal arts degree, do you want fries with that?)
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