Report: ATF Officials Involved with Fast and Furious Fired or Demoted – Some Criminal Charges Reportedly Pending


Via Sipsey Street Irregulars, 8/05/11: “Bloody Bill Newell”: “We do not walk guns. We do, however, commit perjury whenever we can get away with it.”

Earlier this week, David Codrea of Gun Rights Examiner reported that the the public interest law firm, ACLJ had filed a brief on the Holder case as GOP and Justice “negotiated”.

An amicus brief, submitted last week and filed yesterday in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit by the American Center for Law and Justice, argues “that the court has proper jurisdiction” in a lawsuit filed by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to compel Attorney General Eric Holder to turn over subpoenaed documents, and that a move by the Justice Department to dismiss the case on those grounds should not keep it from moving forward.

The brief, submitted last Wednesday by Jay Sekulow, ACLJ’s chief counsel, states “At stake here is Congress’s constitutional authority to investigate an egregious federal program in which the Department of Justice intentionally permitted guns to be illegally obtained and sold to Mexican drug cartels (Operation Fast and Furious), and then obstructed Congress’s efforts to obtain key information about the Operation.

According to reports,  Republicans and Justice have been in negotiations to settle the suit.

“While far from certain, a settlement would bring a quiet end to a political furor that stirred the passions of gun owners, ended some Justice Department careers and led Republicans to find U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt,” Reuters reported today.

Today, in a post election, Friday night news leak, Katie Pavlich, author of Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up, reported at Townhall that according to sources, security clearances have been revoked, and criminal charges are pending for several key ATF Fast and Furious officials.

Washington D.C. – According to credible ATF sources, officials heavily involved in Operation Fast and Furious and named as partially responsible for the program’s failure by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and the House Oversight Committee have been stripped of their government security clearances while some have been fired, demoted, and transferred. Criminal charges are also reportedly pending.

Former ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division Bill Newell, former ATF Special Agent in Charge of Operations in the West Bill McMahon and former Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division George Gillett have been fired while former Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jim Needles and Field Supervisor David Voth have been demoted. Hope McAllister, the lead case agent for Fast and Furious, has been put on leave and transferred out of Phoenix according to reports. McMahon and ATF came under heavy fire just a few months ago after it was revealed McMahon had been receiving ATF paid leave while pulling a six figure salary from J.P. Morgan, the same bank that owns the bureau’s credit cards.

Was this part of a deal that was brokered between Holder and House Republicans? Does this mean the subpoenaed documents will remain under lock and key, and Holder skates?

Not good enough.

11 thoughts on “Report: ATF Officials Involved with Fast and Furious Fired or Demoted – Some Criminal Charges Reportedly Pending

  1. So, a few small fry will be sacrificed, and that will be the end of it. Newell had a back channel to the White House, but that remains unexplored. As for the subpenaed documents showing who knew what when, what documents? It is hard to know who is behaving more shamefully in all of this–the Obama administration who successfully stonewalled and then killed the investigation, or the GOP senators and representatives who let them do it.


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  3. The GOP lawmakers did alright under the circumstances, I think. The most shameful actors in all of this have been the MSM who allowed the Regime to not pay any political price by refusing to push the story.


  4. I agree Nicedeb. Persons I talk with who do not follow this sort of thing have heard of Fast and Furious but think it is already settled and do not know really what it is. How many news articles describing “Watergate” were published by how many news agencies? It is highly important that we the people learn what has happened here. What was the agenda? This is different from other countries “secret police” in what way? I wish Hollywood would make a movie about the US secret police killing Americans at Ruby Ridge , Waco, and now Fast and Furious. It seems movies are watched more than real life events.


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  6. Well, you are nicer than I am, no doubt, Nicedeb 😉
    It is true that the press has not followed up on this. However, during Watergate, very few reporters followed up on until the investigation brought down Haldeman. The idea that Woodward and Bernstein brought down Nixon is a myth. An investigation by a House committee along with criminal prosecutions drove the whole uncovering of it.
    Frankly, I have been following this closely for more than a year, and I–and many other people–had higher hopes for Issa and Grassley. The congressional investigations have completely lost steam. Now it appears that they have given up, and have kicked the whole thing over to the courts to sort things out. However, I doubt that the DOJ will prosecute (pleas agreements are more likely), or that we will find a judge like John Sirica, or that there will be anyone willing to blow the whistle on Holder or the White House in return for a lighter sentence. Effectively, this looks like the end of the road, but we will have to wait and see.


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