Assuming that BATFE has given Issa the finger — as I very much expect they have — the next logical step is issuing subpoenas.
Kenneth E. Melson, acting director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has “blown past” yesterday’s deadline for the delivery of key documents relating to the Project Gunrunner inquiry that was launched recently by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
According to committee spokesman Seamus Kraft, there was no response from Melson, who has also been dodging a separate inquiry by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea is also reporting this new development here..
It looks like they’re running scared:
As this column reported yesterday, Melson’s name was also withdrawn from a roster of officials, including former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, now the Obama administration’s Drug czar, before a subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chaired by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). That hearing, which began this morning at 10 a.m., concerns “counternarcotics and citizen security” in this country.
Sources familiar with the Issa inquiry indicated that because Melson was not forthcoming with documents requested by Issa in a March 16 letter obtained by CBS News, further steps may be taken.
Further steps? What might those be? Carnac already told you: subpoenas.
The real question is, what will be Obama’s response? I’m thinking something like this:
One thing is for sure: issuing subpoenas ought to get this guy’s attention.
We don’t yet know how far up the ladder the decision to implement Operation Gunrunner went. But if Obama defies the subpoenas that are sure to issue soon, we’ll all know that the decision to cover it up went straight to the top.