Political watchdog Rep. Darrel Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued a statement to reporters Friday calling President Obama’s nomination of B. Todd Jones to lead the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives a “slap in the face” to the family of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
ATF has been without a permanent director for six years, and Obama’s executive order number 11 on gun control said to “nominate an ATF director.” Jones has been acting director since 2011 and has been criticized for failing to hold any ATF officials accountable for the disastrous gun walking Operation Fast and Furious. Jones also not only failed to support Fast and Furious whistleblowers, he sent an agency wide video out threatening severe consequences to those agents who did speak out on the failed operation.
Here is Issa’s statement on the nomination of Jones to head ATF:
Acting Director Jones was at the helm of ATF as many troubling problems from the fallout of Operation Fast and Furious festered. His specific decisions on a number of Fast and Furious related issues raise concerns about his judgment and ability to lead the agency. While I continue to believe that ATF needs to have a Senate confirmed Director, President Obama has a responsibility to find a nominee who can win confirmation and is not saddled by a string of bad decisions related to the agency’s greatest recent failure.
Jones was first brought into the job of ATF Acting Director in the middle of the Fast and Furious scandal after Justice Department officials had falsely denied reckless conduct and allegations by his predecessor that there was an effort underway to shield the Department’s senior political appointees from the scandal. Because of the numerous ATF mistakes during his tenure as Acting Director pertaining to Fast and Furious, his nomination is a slap in the face to the family of fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Mexican citizens whose murder has been linked to Fast and Furious weapons, and ATF whistleblowers whom he failed to support.
Watch Jones tell ATF employees to “follow the chain of command” or face consequences:
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