DOJ hanky panky continues around Fast and Furious. Holder pushed to fire acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson just as Melson met privately with Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Chuck Grassley.
Regarding Melson’s accusations, Congressman Issa said: “If his account is accurate, then ATF leadership appears to have been effectively muzzled while the DOJ sent over false denials and buried its head in the sand.”
It also appears that the FBI and DEA were involved with Fast and Furious. From Fox:
According to sources, unbeknown to the ATF, the target of their operation was a FBI confidential informant, a fact that only became known to them in April of this year after an 18-month investigation that cost millions of dollars of tax dollars.
“They were going after someone they could never have,” a source in Washington told Fox News. “The Mr. Big they wanted was using government money to buy guns that went to the cartels. The FBI knew it and didn’t tell them.”
The confidential informant is a former high-level drug dealer who had been deported by the DEA. The FBI, however, recruited him as a counter-terrorism informant…
In a sick way, it makes sense to recruit experienced criminals to run a criminal operation like Fast and Furious. They’re the experts, after all.
Moreover, “U.S. taxpayer money [was] used to buy guns that were later sent to Mexico.” Let’s not forget taxpayer money spent on ATF, FBI, and DEA office buildings, computers, salaries, transportation, and communication systems, plus expenses surrounding the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Indictments at 11.
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