"Oh, crap! They might catch me after all!"
Just received this link by email from Sharyl Attkisson at CBS:
They might want to start the government back up to see to their unraveling coverup.
I'm happy to see that Gillett is rolling on Newell, Melson and Company. He obviously was the first to recognize that he is no longer a law enforcement agent but a criminal and thus took the smart criminal's exit from a tight situation. All the poor Gunwalker Men. Should we pity them? No way in hell.
A top figure in the gunwalking controversy at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is now cooperating in the investigation.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) made that disclosure today in a letter to ATF's acting director Kenneth Melson.
(Go to the link for Grassley's letter.)
In the letter, Sen. Grassley warns that any attempt to retaliate against the cooperating official, Assistant Special Agent in charge of ATF's Phoenix Division George Gillett, is unlawful.
Sen. Grassley also says the apparent efforts of ATF executives to stop employees from speaking with members of Congress and their staff is of "grave concern."
"Without such direct, unfiltered communications, Congress would still be unaware of, and unable to inquire about, the serious allegations involving the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and the sales of weapons to known and suspected gun Traffickers," reads the Sen. Grassley letter.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight committee, has joined Sen. Grassley in investigating the gunwalking scandal exposed by CBS News. Rep. Issa recently issued ATF a subpoena for information when that agency failed to respond to information and document requests from his office and Sen. Grassley's.
ATF Special Agents including John Dodson, Rene Jaquez and the former head of ATF operations in Mexico Darren Gil have all spoken to CBS News to blow the whistle on the effects of ATF's alleged gunwalking scheme. They say ATF allowed thousands of assault rifles and other weapons to "walk" across the border into the hands of Mexico's drug cartels. ATF apparently hoped that letting the guns hit the streets and then seeing where they later ended up would help them take down a major drug cartel. That never happened. Instead, the guns were used in many crimes in Mexico. Two of the weapons were found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Officials are investigating possible connections to the murder of ICE Agent Zapata. The two federal agents were gunned down two months apart.
After ATF whistleblower Dodson spoke to Grassley in January, he disclosed the contact to his supervisors. Sen. Grassley says Dodson was then subjected to intimidation. Dodson "was immediately questioned about the content of those communications. I was concerned about that because forcing an employee to reveal the details of such communications would intrude on the integrity of the Congressional inquiry and offend the comity between the Branches that flows from the separation of powers under the Constitution," says Sen. Grassley in today's letter.
When contacted today by CBS News, neither the Justice Department nor ATF had any immediate comment and have refused our repeated interview requests.
President Obama has said neither he nor Attorney General Eric Holder approved the operation. Holder is in charge of the Justice Department which oversees ATF. He has asked the Inspector General to look into the allegations.
Sen. Grassley says the Justice Department, ATF and the State Department all failed to answer information requests from Congress.
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