ATF Ken Melson Sings to Congressional Investigators Over the 4th — Accuses Justice Dept. of Interfering With Congressional Probe

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By Allan Lengel

Ken Melson, acting head of ATF, apparently was singing to Congressional investigators over the 4th of July weekend — and apparently not the Star Spangled Banner.

Fox News reported that Melson told Congressional investigators  that the Justice Department was interfering with the Congressional probe into the controversial program Operation Fast and Furious, which encouraged gun dealers to sell to middlemen or “straw purchasers”, all with the hopes of tracing the guns to the Mexican Cartels.

Fox News reported that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif), who has doggedly been investigating the operation, said in a letter to Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr: “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. That approach distorted the truth and obstructed our investigation.”

John Solomon of The Daily Beast reported that Melson  gave a deposition and  talked about the potential lapses in the program that encouraged gun dealers to sell weapons to straw purchasers, all with the hopes of tracing them to the Mexican cartels.

The Daily Beast repored:

“During hours of questioning, Melson told investigators for the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that he has recently learned that other federal agencies may have withheld crucial information about possible drug cartel connections to the gun trafficking ring that his agency had tried to crack during a 15-month operation that used controversial tactics, the sources said.”

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