Darrell Issa: Fast & Furious Goes Much Higher than the ATF

Matthew Boyle, The Daily Caller

A spokesman for House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa told The Daily Caller the congressman expects his investigations into the Justice Department’s gun walking programs to point to a much higher political appointee than acting ATF director Kenneth Melson. Melson is widely expected to resign some time in the next couple of days in the face of political pressure from Issa’s investigations into Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast Furious.

Even if Melson resigns, Issa spokesman Frederick Hill said the Committee expects to find much more and continue with investigations. “The investigations are far from over,” Hill told TheDC. “It’s quite certain that Kenneth Melson was not the principal architect of this plan nor was he the only high-ranking official who knew about and authorized this operation.” (WHAT DID THEY KNOW? Top two ATF officials ‘briefed weekly’ on ‘Fast and Furious’)

Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious were programs that involved ATF officials allowing guns to be taken into Mexico with the ultimate apparent goal of tracking the larger Mexican drug cartels’ arms market. The ATF officials allowed the sale of guns to “straw purchasers,” or people who were eligible to purchase guns in the U.S. but were doing so with the known intention of trafficking them into Mexico.

This latest development comes after Issa told Fox News on Tuesday morning that he thinks Melson should resign.

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  1. This move is significant because such an investigation could potentially uncover further actions by the ATF to artificially inflate statistics about gunrunning operations across the Mexican border..This month in response to the ATFs refusal to directly respond in detail to inquiries by elected officials the CCRKBA is calling for the resignation of ATF Director Kenneth Melson.

    • Holder and company are making him the fall guy just like the mexican who was jailed that was there but not the shooter. The shooter "excaped" back into mexico.

    • He's the fall guy. Holder jailed a mexican that was at the scene but did not get the shooter. The shooter ran back to mexico! I have not read wha they will do with the spectator, pay him and let him go after he votes democrat, I guess.

    • Congress should get some marshals and force them to produce any and all records.

  2. SEAN MURRY says:

    Get all of them in prison.

  3. michael says:

    This story sounds to me like Eric Holder planned it and carried it out. I believe Eric Holder if he didn't know about this he should have and he should be thrown out of his position now. I think Eric Holder is a piece of garbage just like Obama and the people should be screaming at the top of their lungs until this idiot and his pal Obama are thrown out of office. I hear about Obama running for another term? What in God's name is going on? With all the laws he's broken his phoney ssn from Ct, his phoney birth certificate and all the other laws he's broken he should be in front of an impeachment hearing right now. Enough giving this usurper the blind eye. I say throw the bum out on his ass!

  4. If I remember correctly before the Fast and Furious program was exposed Hillary Clinton and Obama were blaming the gun running on American gun dealers and citizenry and, that more gun control was needed in the US to curb illegal guns going to Mexico. To me this sounds like a Obama, Clinton, Holder, Ayers, Program to institute strict gun control in the US and fall into place with the UN gun control advocates to go around our Constitutional rights. The UN has been for years, wanting universal control and, the United States Constitutional Second Amendment has stood in their way. People had better wake up to this Administration and their criminal way of doing business under the guise of globalism.

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