When you are given the power to enforce laws it’s often the case you will come to the understanding that you are above the law. Apparently this is what the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) think as they have been blowing off requests for information on their little gun smuggling effort:
Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is not a happy man. He is not happy because the Department of Justice and the Acting Director of ATF, Kenneth Melson, are continuing to blow off the requests for documents related to Operation Fast and Furious (aka Project Gunwalker). This is in the face of a supoena requesting documents issued by the Committee.
Rep. Issa is so unhappy that he is threatening to have Melson cited for Contempt of Congress according to a letter released this morning.
I’m not surprised by this turn of events. The ATF was caught doing something illegal, something they were charged with stopping. Now that people are wondering what the Hell the ATF was thinking they agency is trying to sweep the entire situation under the rug.