Acting director of ATF reassigned
Kenneth Melson will become a Department of Justice senior adviser on domestic issues.
August 30th, 2011
12:20 PM ET

Acting director of ATF reassigned

Kenneth Melson, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who came under criticism for the "Fast and Furious" program involving illegal weapons sales, is being reassigned to the Department of Justice as a senior adviser on forensic issues, the department announced Tuesday.

The announcement said that Todd Jones, a U.S. attorney from Minnesota, will become the acting director of ATF.

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  1. WOT

    President Obama, Why are there no Blacks at your board meetings? What is your problem, I know there a ones who should be.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. WOT

    President Obama, Why are there no Blacks at your board meetings? What is your problem!

    August 31, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mmmmm

    With microchip technology couldn't you at least plant a sim-card or something on these guns...if your cellphone can ratout your whereabouts can't the same technogy track dufus. Time for deputy Eric Holden to spring clean his house...I'm sure a
    Ms Kitty with her hotplate barroom slop can asisst you boys with straighten this mess out...such a dedicated woman! caught Mr. Gunsmoke's back each and git and go fetch Ms Kitty and let 'er kno' yo boys be needin' 'er bout right nah!

    August 31, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Grant

    This man should not simply be able to resign and walk away. He knowingly ordered agents to break federal and state laws, he put guns into the hands of prohibited persons, and it's likely this was all done to create a further need for his agency's services. Melson needs to be tried, convicted, and locked away for his crimes.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. FiveJJ

    What, exactly, does a "senior adviser on forensic issues" do?

    August 31, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rich

    Good! Now get rid of the rest of the gang ATF then the nation will be a whole lot better off.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rich

    Good get tha P.o.s out

    September 22, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
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