The truth is coming, faster and more furious than before now that Acting ATF director Ken Melson’s testimony to the Congressional investigating committee is being made public. From the LA Times via Free Republic:
The Department of Justice is trying to protect its political appointees from becoming embroiled in the broadening Fast and Furious gun-tracing scandal by refusing to release an internal “smoking gun” report that acknowledges the role of top officials in the program that allowed guns to flow illegally into Mexico, according to the head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Kenneth Melson, the ATF acting director, earlier this month also told congressional investigators examining the role of top officials in the ill-fated program that affidavits in support of wiretaps used in the operation are inconsistent with what Justice Department officials have said publicly.
Melson told the investigators that when he raised his concerns with the Justice Department about “institutional problems” with the Fast and Furious operation, department officials resisted his desire to share his thoughts with Congress.
“It was very frustrating to all of us,” Melson told congressional investigators over the Fourth of July holiday, “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.”
Not only was the department slow to react, Justice officials even indicated to him they did not want him to cooperate with Congress, Melson said.
His comments appeared in transcripts released by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the top GOP member on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“The Deputy Attorney General’s office wasn’t very happy with us” at ATF, Melson said, “because they thought this was an admission that there were mistakes made. Well, there were some mistakes made.”