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. chrissy

    Im doing great. How have you been lately?

    August 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Ive been working too much.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wewatts

    Past time for this to happen, there are some cabinet level positions that need to be vacated as well. If they won't resign then they need to be impeached!

    August 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jordan scene

    He gets reassigned while a few of his field supervisor buddies get promoted and moved to DC. I guess he didn't qualify for a promotion since he was already the director.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jay

    Eric Holder is the one who should quit over this – these are scape goats!!

    August 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ancient Texan

      You're correct, he's just the scapegoat. This goes all the way to the top and Holder should resign over this debacle.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Germaine

    I hope they catch em. Scaped goats are the worst kind. They get in the corn patch and make a gosh awful mess.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©


    August 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Not Happening

    So if I give a bunch of semi automatic & automatic weapons to known gang members can I get a job at the Department of Justice? Or do I already have to work for the government, screw up epic-ly & then get a job at the Department of Justice? DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. You gave this guy a new job at the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. LMFAO. You people are a joke.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    hey banasy girl, i see the trolls are still out there but they got part of it right, i have been working too much! this is my lst day off in months

    August 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    cnn blogs are getting worse than a yahoo chatroom lol ! and bugbuster? were you referring 2 me? cuz you would have 2 be crazy not 2 worry about how youre tax $s were being wasted! dang i hate when someone steals ur name...then u cant post!!

    August 30, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jazzzzzzzz

    Hey Chrissy , how you doin? haven"t spoken to you in eons....

    August 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John C

    These guys are just like turds in a punch bowl. They keep floating around and land in another taxpayer funded job, where they will do the same crappy job and never face any real repercussions. Downsize government to the best 100 people, if there are that many.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    lmao @ john c. is that anything like turd wrestling??? and hey 2 u also jazzzz and yup feels like forever! been @ least 4 months since ive had a day off!

    August 30, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Claire M.

    It goes much higher. That was made clear when the level assignment on Operation Fast and Furious was revealed. The Justice Dept. always protects the top brass and administration when they kill people.

    August 31, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. rick

    Melson gets reassigned as senior forensic adviser to the department of justice. How is that for justice. The ATF sent 2000 guns into Mexico. Only 600 were recovered. The only reason fast and furious was even exposed was because a US agent was killed with one of those guns. I'm curious, which high level government official will stand charges for manslaughter. My guess is none. The mid-level participants are taking symbolic falls for the real high-level government official. It would be ironic if Melson had to do the forensics on the thousands of Mexicans that will be killed by the 1400 guns his department supplied to Mexico.

    August 31, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
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