On Christmas Eve, the deposition of former ATF Director Kenneth Melson, orignally given last summer, was obtained by news agencies and finally reported on. The information released so far appears to indicate a concerted effort to place the majority of blame for the failed gunrunning operation on the desk of Mr. Melson – though if that is to be the case, the former ATF Director is not going quietly…
Clearly the fix is in against Kenneth Melson. His replacement as ATF Director, B. Todd Jones, a man put in that position by the Obama administration, almost immiediately set out to blame Melson for Fast and Furious, indicating Melson “allowed” agents to “go beyond approved tactics”:
There was a vacuum. Fast and Furious went off the rails, and there were plenty of opportunities to pivot so none of this would happen.
In an LA Times report, Jones has indicated he will use the soon-to-be concluded Eric Holder initiated investigation into Fast and Furious to conduct necessary firings against those responsible for the gunrunning program that killed U.S. border agents and hundreds of Mexican civilians. Former Director Melson’s deposition though strongly contradicts Jones’ assertions the failures of the operation were focused solely on the ATF – Melson indicates blame goes much higher into the Obama Department of Justice. The Melson deposition then goes on to directly indicate a cover-up was initiated by the Obama administration in an attempt to hide the Fast and Furious debacle from Congress:
Once Fast and Furious broke into public view, Melson said, Justice officials strenuously objected when he wanted to disclose everything to Congress. “We were floating the idea and asking them to allow us to do that,” he said. But he said he was told “it is a long-standing policy of the Department of Justice that we don’t talk about ongoing cases.
Read Entire LA TIMES article HERE