Conventional wisdom late last week (and even earlier this week) was that acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Ken Melson would resign as a result of Operation Fast and Furious, AKA Gunrunner.
According to the Los Angeles Times, however, Melson has no intention of being the Obama Administration’s “fall guy.”
<– Heh. 80s reference.
In fact, sources for the Times suggest that Melson is actually willing to testify to Congress, and perhaps implicate those that ordered the operation that sent an estimated 2,000 firearms into the hands of Mexican narco-terrorists.
Kenneth E. Melson, who has run the bureau for two years, is reportedly eager to testify to Congress about the extent of his and other officials’ involvement in the operation, code-named Fast and Furious.
Melson does not want to be “the fall guy” for the program, under which ATF agents allowed straw purchasers to acquire more than 1,700 AK-47s and other high-powered rifles from Arizona gun dealers, the sources said. The idea was to track the guns to drug cartel leaders. But that goal proved elusive, and the guns turned up at shootings in Mexico, as well as at the slaying in Arizona of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in December.
“He is saying he won’t go,” said one source close to the situation, who asked for anonymity because high-level discussions with Melson remained fluid. “He has told them, ‘I’m not going to be the fall guy on this.’ ”
Added a second source, who also requested anonymity: “He’s resisting. He does not want to go.”
Short of a video surfacing showing Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, and Barack Obama personally delivering duffel bags full of firearms to cartel members, I’m not sure how much worse this could get for the Obama Administration.