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. John B.

    wow! finally some news in your liberal media about fast and furious!! don't forget there are many higher ups who knew about this too!!

    August 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick Lewis

      It was in the news. It just wasn't used as a club repeatedly over and over whenever Obama's name came up like you get from your 'fair and balanced' news, because it's not relevant.

      And if Congress would stop blocking every appointment, this guy would not have been "acting" and instead been properly vetted. Congress, and specifically the Republicans in congress, are shirking their responsibility to fairly consider appointments. Maybe if Congress had been more interested in its oversight role BEFORE things got out of hand, this wouldn't have happened. Instead, we have republican representatives who refuse to consider that the executive branch even exists.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • bugbuster

      Wait a minute. Does that mean you don't like "liberals?" OMG. Why didn't you tell us that before? Oh wait. Since that's the only thought in your head, you must have told everybody at least a thousand times. Bandwidth isn't free, you know. If you're upset about government spending, maybe you should post only when you have a new idea.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. purpleslog

    I assume his new office office will be in a basement next to the boilers.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I would assume that he would be out the door...

    August 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • slider

      Union protection.

      August 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ernie

    With the excessive abuse of power time and again, the ATF should be abolished. Just think how much we could save by sending the whole bunch home!

    August 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cameasiwas

    The guy who comes up with the operation nicknames is the one who should be forced to resign...

    August 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sherie

    Gotta love the Federal government. If you screw up or do something illegal, you're 'reassigned', at the same pay and most likely in a cushy office. The path to upward mobility is to be incompetent, unethical or both.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • XGILady

      In the case of this one...dig a bit deeper. He didn't create this one, he inherited it. http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2011/07/06/fast-and-furious-update-ken-melsons-secret-testimony/ AND http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/alcohol-tobacco-firearms-chief-ken-melson-clean-atf/story?id=14009585

      August 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • slider

      I inherited a house that was on fire. It wasn't my fault, I did not start the fire, so I just did nothing and let it burn.

      August 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony

    It's almost impossible to fire people from the government.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. s kel

    John,do you only listen too or look news that only fit your beleifs, or do you look at news for infomation on events? All of this talk of "liberal media, or consertive faux (fox) news is not true freedom of the press and all you get is one sided propeganda.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tbear640

    still being rewarded for working a criminal enterprise with the blessing of the US Government, being moved because he got caught.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. s kel

    propoganda, (im texting on a touch screen cell phone,I hate it).

    August 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Cameasiwas: lmao!

    August 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    i agree ernie as well as several other branches of the government! they spend too much and do too little. we need to shake the gov. tree and let allll the bad apples fall!

    August 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Yes and start at the top and get rid of the idiot we have for a president

      August 31, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    time for our country to get back to the basics and take care of our own. another good start would be to pull our troops outta wars that we have no business bein in especially in the countries that dont want nor deserve our help!

    August 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    chrissy:
    Omg, hello! How are you???

    August 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bugbuster

    Sadly, this kind of story isn't new or unusual. How could it be otherwise? A certain number of law enforcement officials are going to watch too many movies and do stupid flaky things. All you can do is try to weed them out when you can. More sinister here is the question of whether some intentional wrongdoing is involved. *That* would be scary. A search needs to be launched for some levelheaded people in Congress who can focus on a serious *real* issue and investigate this thoroughly. *That* could be difficult.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
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