facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Report: ATF chief expected to resign

June 20, 2011 at 3:11 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- The acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is likely to resign because of the operation to follow guns in Mexico, CNN reported.

Kenneth Melson has come under fire for Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed U.S. guns to be purchased by Mexican gun cartels. The plan was to track guns in an effort to bring down smuggling networks. One of the guns was used to kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

CNN, quoting sources, said Melson is likely to resign this week.

Attorney General Eric Holder was scheduled to meet Tuesday with Chicago ATF chief Andrew Traver, who was nominated last year to head the agency. Objections by the National Rifle Association, however, have stalled the nomination process.

Politico said the ATF refused to comment on the CNN report. White House spokesman Jay Carney also refused comment during the regular daily briefing.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan
2
American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack
3
Female gym teacher busted for repeated sex with student Female gym teacher busted for repeated sex with student
4
Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts
5
GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback