Friday, June 24, 2011

Fast And Furious Update - BATF Head Melson Resisting Ouster, Wants To Testify

Now this is interesting.

A few days ago, the dinosaur media was reporting that Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco and Firearems (BATF) Head Ken Melman was expected to fall on his sword and 'resign' shortly. over the failed Fast and Furious operation, which had BATF agents allowing straw purchasers to buy over two thousand automatic weapons and then smuggle them illegally across the border to Mexican Drug cartels. This idiocy led to a spike in violence in Mexico, the killing in Arizona of a U.S. Border Patrol agent last December and what appears to be an attempted cover up by the BATF and the US Department of Justice.

Instead of resigning, Melman is reportedly resisting pressure to step down and is saying that he's eager to testify to Congress about his and other officials' involvement in the operation:

"He is saying he won't go," said one source close to the situation, who asked for anonymity because high-level discussions with Melson remained fluid. "He has told them, 'I'm not going to be the fall guy on this.' "

Added a second source, who also requested anonymity: "He's resisting. He does not want to go."

Melman may be eager to tell what he knows about Fast and Furious to Congress. In fact, he has an open invitation from Darrell Issa to do exactly that. But he can't testify until he gets a clearance from the Department of Justice to do so, and - what a surprise - that hasn't been forthcoming yet.

If I'm Darrell Issa, I'm thinking Special prosecutor and immunity deals.

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