ATF Head testifies without DOJ babysitter re: Project Gunrunner
Here are two articles on this story. and may I say … Darrell Issa is KICKING A$$!
Hans A. von Spakovsky at Pajamas Media has the nuts and bolts of this story …
In a blockbuster development in the Operation Fast & Furious gun-running scandal, Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson secretly testified before House and Senate investigators on July 4 with his own personal lawyer present, former United States Attorney Richard Cullen, without the knowledge of the ATF or the Department of Justice.
This morning, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley released a copy of a letter they sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on July 5 about Melsonâ€™s testimony. Melsonâ€™s revelations raise even more serious issues not only about the operation itself, but about apparent attempts by the Justice Department to mislead Congress on the details of the operation.
Ace of Spades has a snarkier take on it, including the fact that the mainstream media is ignoring this incredible bit of US history.
If you recall, we (or at least some of us) had questions about how the DoJ could block someone from testifying. Based on this letter, here’s the answer: The DoJ will provide you with a lawyer to advise you, but will only do so when the DoJ agrees you should testify.
They’ll pick up the legal expenses of testifying, then, but only if you’re a very good boy.
However, nothing prevents you from voluntarily appearing, on your own recognizance, and hiring your own lawyer to advise you, if you so choose.
Apparently the DoJ told Melson about the first thing but forgot to advise him of the second. But he was made aware (probably by Issa or someone like that) that he could do so, and so did.
Both article include a link to Issa’s letter to Eric Holder, which is really DELIGHTFUL reading!