August 30, 2011

U.S. Attorney that Ran Fast and Furious Abruptly Resigns as other Players are Reassigned

Dennis Burke, a close confidant and former chief of staff for Janet Napolitano, has resigned, effective immediately, just days after testifying in from of the Congressional Oversight committee about his role in Operation Fast and Furious:

Burke's resignation comes days after he testified before a Congressional committee about his office's role in the ATF gun-smuggling operation known as "Fast and Furious" that has become the center of a growing scandal because some of the weapons federal firearms officials were tracking in the operation ended up used in crimes and many others could not be accounted for.

According to Fox News, Burke became physically ill during his testimony and could not continue.

Burke is the same slimeball that blocked Brian Terry's family from being recognized as crime victims in court after Terry was murdered and two Fast and Furious weapons were recovered at the scene of his death.

The only plausible reason Burke would have done that was an attempt to limit his own legal exposure and that of the government as it relates to investigations about Agent Terry's murder.

Burke's sudden resignation occurs on the same day other players in Gunwalker scandal were reassigned:

In Phoenix, Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley, who oversaw Fast and Furious on a day-to-day basis, was reassigned from the criminal to civil division. Also in Phoenix, three out of the four whistleblowers involved in the case have been reassigned to new positions outside Arizona. Two are headed to Florida, one to South Carolina.

Hurley's reassignment came after three ATF supervisors responsible for the operation were promoted. William G. McMahon, a former deputy director of operations, took over the Office of Professional Responsibility. Field supervisors William D. Newell and David Voth also moved up despite heavy criticism.
The moves follow a series of reports by Fox News detailing the face-off between Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, whose investigators have recently broadened their probe. It now reportedly shows a deeper involvement of the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

One has to wonder whether the government's endgame to silence those involved in the scandal is going to be successful because of this sudden flurry of moves, or if it is a desperate attempt to salvage the conspiracy as it is falling apart for the Obama Administration.

I have a gut feeling that Rep. Issa and Senator's Grassley and Cornyn have the executive branch painted into a corner, and for the first time, I'm really starting to wonder if impeachment is on the table.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 30, 2011 12:35 PM

Reassigning Melson is a sign of weakness. It says, "we know that you have already flipped him, we know that we can't fire him, and now the best we can do is assign him to a backwater where he can't hurt us worse."

Posted by: Phelps at August 30, 2011 12:51 PM

Re: your last sentence: From your blog to God's ears!

Thanks for the great work you do, Bob. You are living proof of how one person can help change history. Godspeed!

Posted by: heartlander at August 30, 2011 01:07 PM

I'm most definitely not rooting for impeachment, I am rooting for Minitrue to actually cover this and maybe get people realizing exactly what Chicago-machine-politics is doing to our country.

Posted by: Veeshir at August 30, 2011 06:04 PM

"The only plausible reason Burke would have done that was an attempt to limit his own legal exposure and that of the government..."

Burke can be sued, government can not be sued. Government is immune in a court of law from the consequences of its actions.

Holder and Napolitano, along with all ATF, HLS, FBI, or DEA administrators involved in this deadly scam should face impeachment and subsequent criminal trials. IMO, BHO will escape punishment because the others will be well paid to take the heat and holder him blameless. Uncle Soros has deep pockets.

Posted by: Parker at August 30, 2011 07:37 PM

Burke has qualified immunity for any civil liability for actions taken in his official capacity. Even if he were sued successfully, which branch of FedGov would enforce the judgment?

Posted by: SDN at August 31, 2011 06:23 AM