Dennis Burke Resignation Tied to Fast and Furious Scandal; U.S. ATF Acting Director is Booted From Post

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Dennis Burke, Arizona U.S. Attorney, resigned just days after testifying before Congress about the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal.

The resignation of Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, announced minutes ago by his office, comes a couple of weeks after he testified before Congress on the Fast and Furious scandal.


Kenneth Melson, acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, lost his office today over the scandal. He's being reassigned as senior advisor on forensic science, Office of Legal Programs, news reports say.

What Burke said to Congress in the closed-door meeting on August 18 hasn't been revealed, but Burke's knowledge of the scandal has been known for months. A Congressional investigation in May dug up an ATF memo from January 2010 that stated how Burke was "in full agreement with the current investigative strategy."

We know how that strategy worked out: Dead Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

An investigation revealed that Terry had been killed with a gun that had been purchased by a suspected cartel buyer and allowed to "walk" by observing agents.

More than 1,400 guns walked under the program, despite objections by field agents. Some of those guns were later linked to other crimes scenes in the United States, including several in Arizona.

Conservatives, especially, have been in an uproar over the scandal and using it to bludgeon the Democratic Obama Administration. But the scandal has blurred some political values, striking the anti-gun left sort of mute and spurring right-wingers to cry that guns really are killing people.

In a glowing statement by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder just put out by the Justice Department, any mention of the gunwalking controversy is conspiculously absent:

STATEMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER ON THE RESIGNATION

OF U.S. ATTORNEY FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA DENNIS BURKE


WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder issued the following statement today on the resignation of U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona Dennis Burke:

"United States Attorney Dennis Burke has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's office, first as a line prosecutor over a decade ago and more recently as United States Attorney.

"Under his leadership, the office has made great progress in its pursuit of justice with the creation of special units focusing on civil rights enforcement and rule of law, as well as more robust outreach to key communities, particularly in Indian Country. The office's quick response to the devastating shootings in January that claimed the lives of several people and critically injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was crucial in arresting and charging the alleged shooter.

"I am grateful to Dennis for his dedication and service to the Department of Justice over these many years and commend his decision to place the interests of the U.S. Attorney's office above all else."




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Marc J. Victor
Marc J. Victor

A great law professor of mine once said, “If they get you asking the wrong question, it doesn’t matter what the answer is.” The wrong question here is, “How should the federal government best observe, track and control the flow of guns?” The right question is, “What types of things can be done to reduce the violence in our society?” Guns do not kill or harm people. Bad people sometimes use guns to injury or kill people. Focusing on what causes people to hurt and kill others is what we should be focused on.

The idiotic drug war is probably the single biggest cause of violence in our society. The prohibition on certain drugs, just like the similarly failed prohibition on alcohol, creates a black market of trade which relies on violence to enforce contracts and to protect or transport goods. Say what you want about all the bad things that result from the ingestion of alcohol, at least the Miller guy and the Budweiser guy don’t shoot it up in the streets when they disagree. Peace emanates from a respect for others which includes tolerating the notion that adults are in charge of themselves and have a right to put into their bodies whatever they want without anybody’s permission or approval.

JD Tuttle
JD Tuttle

OK. I'll admit I'm pretty oblivious to PC decorum. But, doesn't Holder's use of "Indian Country" sound just a tad offensive? I'm looking to my, ahuum, friends on the left here to chime in.

Or, is Indian Country not referring to Native Americans living on reservations? 

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

It's a political office.  They owe their jobs to their masters and only do what they are told.   They put on a show for the masses who hope the knight in shining armor will save the day.   Republicans and Democrats, two sides of the same coin.     Heads you lose, tails you lose.   There will be no investigation into Arpaio.    Smoke and mirrors is the name of the game.

Coz
Coz

he was worthless anyway, good riddens.

Jason
Jason

I knew Burke would be booted. It was just a matter of time.

I wonder who Holder will select to be Arizona's new U.S. Attorney?  

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Ironic that we're all traveling the same mental track. Unfortunately I would guess the folks in the MCSO camp (the non-professionals anyway) are giggling with unabashed glee right now.. thinking Burke's replacement will be some Milquetoast Michael who has not the courage to take on a simple gnat... much less someone who is obviously corrupt and part of a large criminal organization.

Time will tell.

I nominate Chad Snow for U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona.

But, that won't happen. Chad is a Republican with ethics and morals, in Arizona.

Ross
Ross

So now we start the Arpaio investigation all over again?

Mistalee
Mistalee

I hope Burke is replaced by somebody who has the brains and balls to go after Arpayaso. 

Coz
Coz

Pretty hard to expect any justice when it comes to their own when they're all as dirty as the next.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Chad is as self absorbed and self serving as any politician. He would fit in perfectly.

New Times Retard
New Times Retard

Only a fucking New Times fake liberal retard could turn this into an Arpaio issue

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Exactly what I was thinking.  Or will he be replaced by someone who doesn't want to make any waves right off the bat.  The second Grand Jury has been seated for 18+ months, I believe.  What else do they need? 

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Dont you have to be in office or run for office to be a "Politician", last I check Mr. Snow is an Attorney in private practice.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Yourproductsucks, YOUR COMMENT SUCKS

Kcarson
Kcarson

If someone is a "fake liberal retard" does that make them a real conservative retard, which is where retard do tend to migrate?

Coz
Coz

as usual.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

OUCH!, that must of hurt, I just love it when imbeciles get bitch slapped.  LOL.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

400 rape and molestation cases against children not investigated, over 44,000 open felony warrants in maricopa County, missuse of 100 MILLION DOLLARS of tax payers money, 50+ MILLION DOLLARS in paid out lawsuits with 177 MILLION still pending in court, lets not forget Hendershott, Fox, and Black escapades at MCSO.  Do you need more evidence or is that enough?  because there is a lot more where that came from.

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