Reluctantly, the Department of Justice (DOJ) scheduled an interview between Melson and members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. They wanted this interview to take place on their terms, with DOJ and ATF lawyers present. But then Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the Oversight Committee, told Melson that he could appear on his own, with his own lawyer. This he did, on July 4.
Issa and Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, chided Attorney General Eric Holder for not telling Melson his rights. They reminded him sharply that the law does not allow any Executive Branch employee to stop another employee from talking to Congress. In fact, they warned Holder that
obstructing or impeding a Congressional inquiry is also a criminal violation under 18 U.S.C. § 1505.
That Melson followed through on talking to Congress, and suggested that Holder and/or other DOJ officers tried to shut him up, was revealing enough. But what Melson actually told the Oversight Committee about Operation Fast and Furious was worse.
Sick to his stomach
Kenneth Melson, acting ATF director and intended sacrificial lamb for Operation Fast and Furious, and now a confirmed whistleblower. Photo: BATFE.
Melson started to look into Operation Fast and Furious when the public cried out for answers to the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. What he found sickened him. As other witnesses had already said, the guns that killed Agent Terry were among thousands that ATF let career criminals buy from US gun sellers and carry into Mexico. But Melson also confirmed something else that Issa and Grassley heard from others. US taxpayers’ money bought some of those guns.
How did that happen? Simple: some of the gun buyers and runners were paid informants of the FBI and other DOJ agencies. The letter from Issa and Grassley to Holder makes it all clear. See also William Lajeunesse’ account at Fox News Channel.
William Lajeunesse asked how high the Fast and Furious scandal might reach. Your editor has three ideas:
Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton,
UN Ambassador Susan Rice, and
President Barack H. Obama.
In case that sounds too fantastic to believe, remember Josef Goebbels. He once said that if you tell a lie loudly and often enough, people will believe it. They will not want to believe that you or anyone else could fool them for so long or on something so obvious.
More specifically, anyone who doubts this theory must ask himself this: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, on June 27, promised to “get back” to a reporter with “the exact date” that Obama knew about Operation Fast and Furious. In other words, to paraphrase a memorable question about another President,
What did the President know, and when did he know it?