The Daily Caller is reporting tonight that House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa expects his investigations into the Justice Department’s gun walking programs to point to a much higher political appointee than ATF director Kenneth Melson, who is expected to resign in the next couple of days over the growing scandal. Issa is currently calling the debacle a case of “bad judgment”:
Even if Melson resigns, Issa spokesman Frederick Hill said the Committee expects to find much more and continue with investigations.
“The investigations are far from over,” Hill told TheDC. “It’s quite certain that Kenneth Melson was not the principal architect of this plan nor was he the only high-ranking official who knew about and authorized this operation.”
This latest development comes after Issa told Fox News on Tuesday morning that he thinks Melson should resign.
“He was part of the bad judgment. And when I say bad judgment, it wasn’t just him,” Issa said on Fox News. “They had to go to Justice to get money, to get FBI agents, all of the other people that helped coordinate this, and to get the wiretaps they used. This was a program so stupid from the start.”
It’s not Issa’s job to look into motives, but many voices on the right are now openly contending that the gun running operations went beyond just “stupid”. Judicial Watch President, Tom Fitten is one such person:
“It would be significant for a senior official to resign over a Congressional investigation,” Fitton said, adding that he’s almost certain Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious were anti-gun agenda political ploys from the Obama administration.
“I think another major part of this story is that the narrative of the Obama administration and the ATF is that, ‘wouldn’t it be great if we could tie guns, as part of our anti-gun agenda, to the Mexican civil war, as opposed to, you know, our lack of enforcement of the drug laws or failure to protect the borders,’” he said.