This past weekend there was a very quiet — in fact a secret — meeting between the chief of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF), Kenneth Melson, and Congressional investigators looking into the gun walker case (also called Operation Fast and Furious) and the results seem to show that the culpability for arming Mexican narco terrorists by Obama’s administration is more widespread than just by the BATF.
BATF head Melson appeared in secret testimony that made matters worse for the Obama administration, showing that the gun smuggling scandal was a shared program among several federal agencies and not just one from the BATF.
If you are unfamiliar with this scandal, agents of the U.S. freely gave thousands of firearms to Mexican drug dealers and narco terrorists in an effort to observe how guns were disseminated in Mexico. The program was meant to help American authorities track the movements of Mexican drug gangs, but the problem is that these guns have been used in multiple murders (one of them being one of our own border agents). These guns have also begun to flow back into the US to be used in crimes on our own soil.
Director Melson made clear that he fears for his own legal status by appearing before the investigators of the House Oversight Committee with a personal lawyer instead of with the counsel from the Department of Justice. If Melson felt his legal position was bulletproof (if you will) he would not have opted to have personal counsel and would have certainly appeared with DOJ representation.
There is another thing that this use of private counsel admits. It admits that Melson feels the DOJ will likely abandon him. It also tends to announce that Melson thinks the DOJ will try a coverup of this program instead of coming clean about it. And on that last bit, the assumption seems 100% correct.