ATF director expected to resign amid Mexico gun controversy
June 20th, 2011
01:27 PM ET

ATF director expected to resign amid Mexico gun controversy

The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and firearms is expected to resign amid the ongoing controversy over the "Fast and Furious" operation, two senior federal law enforcement sources told CNN.

Straw buyers were allowed to illegally purchase large numbers of weapons in the operation, some of which ended up in the hands of cartels in Mexico.

Acting Director Kenneth Melson may resign in the next day or two, the sources said.

Attorney General Eric Holder will meet Tuesday with Andrew Traver, head of the ATF field office in Chicago about potentially serving as acting director of the ATF to replace Melson.

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  1. socalpimp

    Border patrol agent was killed by cartel using one of these. CNN always forgets to report that.

    June 20, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iman Azol

      They didn't forget. Their masters told them not to mention it.

      June 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. flycatcher

    Yet another federal agency run a muck. The problem with these all powerful agencies is they have no accountability, no monitoring of their operations, and they are allowed to operate outside of the laws and do pretty much as they deem necessary.

    June 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat27

    I knew this would happen , what about Napolitano , Holder , and Obama the three stooges who contrived this debacle
    and will slide as other are tossed under that bus , no difference then the Iran Contra ordeal , all of these stooges should be imprisoned for 20 years 1st charge STUPIDITY

    June 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      You dont space commas, moron,

      June 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. James in Kentucky

    I agree with 'Mike O' – the purpose behind this was NOT to increase border safety – it's purpose was to justify anti – gun restrictions/ laws. This guy is a scapegoat -Eric Holder needs to resign and President Obama needs to explain to the American people why the federal government (despite local Arizona objections) was selling arms to drug cartels.

    June 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. stak

    We the people shouldn't be so complacent. Get enough of us in the right place and we could protest our own government [peacefully of course 😉 ] just like the Middle Eastern countries. This is absurd, I believe in my country and my fellow people, not this brainless morons in office.

    June 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. anonymous T_R

    Story sounds so fishy..

    Oh wait, the biggest gangsters of the world is the U.S. government.

    June 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Iman Azol

    By "Resign" they mean "Commit sepukku," yes?

    June 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    Ah, another of Obama's friends down the tubes. But the wrong people are quitting. the bugwit in the white house
    should resign. That idiot might go down in hstory as the worst proesident, he may also be the last. This country has got to be TAKEN BACK BY THE PEOPLE!! That's us. We better do it soon, because we are rounding the rim as I speak.
    Get rid of Obama NOW!!!!!

    June 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    I like to swallow mexican wieners at the gay bar.

    June 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • shmeckell

      Hey, everybody has to have a hobby.

      June 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Henry Bowman

    So Obama's "solution" is to install Andrew Traver, the proven anti-Second-Amendment liar that not even the Senate would confirm last time around? Wow, win-win for Obama, a hearty bird to the Senate, and American gun owners continue taking it in the pants either way. It's good to be da king.

    June 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • SemperFi66

      Unfortunately, you are spot on with your assessment!

      June 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • true sonofliberty

      How exactly are American gun owners taking it in the pants? No gun legislation has had any degree of presidential support during the Obama admin. The idea that the ATF would ship guns to Mexico is an effort to restrict American gun ownership is a paranoid conspiracy theory. We all ready have gun control here in America. Under the national firearms act, thousands of fully automatic weapons are in the hands of citizens and have been for decades and no government jackboots have kicked in doors trying to take them away, the only restriction on class 3 weapons was enacted by-REAGAN !!!!!

      June 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BOB


    June 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. L. Ron Howard

    Did you hear about Ryan Dunn?

    June 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Austin

    Look up ATF employee Russell Vanderwerf and ATF SA Clifford Posey and see the grand things they have done.

    June 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. USATxMx

    NONE OF US ARE PERFECT but.. Sad how some of the people that are intrusted in high powered jobs such as in politics take a wrong route & that's in all parties. What makes this people think they are invincible? I doubt we'll ever find a trustworthy person when GREED falls in their lap.

    June 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bill

    Meanwhile otherwise law abiding citizens are hassled for marijuana use.Allegedly drug free ATF gets people killed with poor decision making but tokers are the bad guys?

    June 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
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