Gunwalker: Testimony Reveals Eric Holder's Obfuscation Tactics

The DOJ went so far as to refrain from telling Melson he had not just the option, but the right to appear before Congress without a DOJ handler and with his own attorney. Issa's staff had to tell Melson this.

Even more damning, DOJ not only prevented Melson from testifying before Congress, they prevented him from communicating with his own department:

Part of the problem, and one of the things that frustrated me was that I have not been allowed to communicate to the troops about anything. So, for example, earlier on, I wanted to do a broadcast that just talked about the case, because everybody was wondering what's this case about? What are you doing at headquarters? How come you were not issuing press releases and how come you were not ordering press conferences and pushing back and things like that? And I was told not to do that.

Then after we wanted to do several things to talk to our people about what this case was about, what it wasn't about, and you know, where we were going and the fact that we were cooperating as much as we could with the committee and with the Department, but we were restrained from doing that. And even after your hearings on the -- was it the 16th or whatever that Wednesday was, we wanted to do the same thing, and they said, well, let us read it first. So we finally drafted something and sent it over to them. I don't know whether we ever got it back, but it has restrained our ability to work with our people.

Melson's testimony also makes clear DOJ is trying to protect political appointees:

But I think the way it was handled went sideways and it could have been avoided with perhaps a more thoughtful approach to what was going on instead of such a strident approach to it. I think there could have been accommodations made between the Hill and ATF and DOJ as to how information was shared. It was very frustrating to all of us, 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.

This is an understatement of British proportion. There are ten pages to this letter, and far more information. It's clear that there has been a concerted effort by Eric Holder’s DOJ to block the congressional investigation and to protect political appointees, plus a willingness to throw anyone who doesn't fall directly in line to the wolves.

They've also been happy to use the failed operation to push for more gun control.

Yet Issa and Grassley do not appear inclined to back down until all of the answers are public.