"The Strike Force designation also meant that the U.S. Attorneys Office rather than ATF would run Fast and Furious. At the time, the U.S. Attorneys Office in Arizona was led by Dennis Burke, a new political appointee who had previously served as Chief of Staff to then Arizona Governor and now Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Earlier in his career, Burke had worked with former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on gun control legislation as a U.S. Senate staff member."
Holder is dead political meat.
That is so sweet to end the week.
From what you've posted here, it appears he's not alone.
Dennis Burke, one of Arizonas most prominent and well-connected Democratic political figures, abruptly resigned as the states top federal prosecutor Tuesday, stirring doubts about earlier expectations that he might mount a bid for governor, attorney general or U.S. senator.
Burke served in Washington as a senior adviser to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and in Arizona as her chief of staff when she was governor. His departure as U.S. Attorney comes as congressional investigators and an internal Justice Department inquiry are examining how an Arizona-based federal gun-trafficking investigation may have allowed as many as 2,000 guns to flow to criminals.
Former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, who resigned in August, admitted late Tuesday that he leaked a document aimed at smearing Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent John Dodson, an Operation Fast and Furious whistle-blower.
The memo that leaked this summer ended up being an attempt by Justice Department officials to cast aspersions on Dodson one of the leading ATF Fast and Furious whistle-blowers. Burke admitted he leaked the memo in a Tuesday afternoon letter to Justice Department Inspector General Cynthia Schnedar.
The memo was leaked to press and had the names of criminal suspects deleted but kept Dodsons name on it. Attorney General Eric Holder came under fire during Tuesday mornings Senate Judiciary Committee hearing when he wouldnt answer any questions from Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley about the leaked memo, who was held accountable for it and how they were held accountable.
Its unclear if Burke was the only DOJ official who leaked documents to smear whistle-blowers, but Dodson thinks Burke did not act alone.
Burke of Fast and Furious had anti-gun history
Jan. 28, 2012 10:21 PM
The career path of former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke can be charted through an ascending string of jobs from Arizona’s Supreme Court to the U.S. Senate, White House, Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department.
It is a resume that spans more than two decades in three branches of government.
Then, suddenly, it nose-dives on Aug. 30, 2011, when Burke resigned as U.S. attorney amid a scandal over a gun-smuggling case known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Since that day, the gregarious public servant has gone silent, and nearly invisible, except that his name appears prominently in Justice Department documents, congressional hearings and news reports.
Burke’s political downfall may have been shocking, but an Arizona Republic analysis of his career suggests that the cause — firearm politics — has been a pet theme through most of his 23 years in government.
We really need to prosecute Obama and force Mooch to repay all the money she has spent on vacations. I know it will likely result in riots from the rioting class, but so be it. squish the head of this swollen pimple.
Thanks. It's good to have names.
I wonder who is going to be the John Dean of F&F, the highest-ranking flipper?