July 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve B. Todd Jones as director of the ATF, but questions about his management style coupled with opposition by the powerful gun lobby could endanger his chances to clear the full Senate next week. Those obstacles surfaced during committee debate. The panel approved him on a strict party-line vote of 10 to 8, and the panel's leading Republican, Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, said two ongoing investigations into Jones' tenure as the U.S. attorney in Minnesota needed further review before he should be considered competent to run the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
July 30, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Republican congressional investigators have concluded that five senior ATF officials -- from the special agent-in-charge of the Phoenix field office to the top man in the bureau's Washington headquarters -- are collectively responsible for the failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation that was “marred by missteps, poor judgments and inherently reckless strategy.” The investigators, in a final report likely to be released later...
June 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who took over the agency in its meltdown with the Fast and Furious gun-tracking scandal, ran into opposition Tuesday when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration as permanent director. Disturbed by allegations that B. Todd Jones had mismanaged his other current role as the U.S. attorney in Minnesota, Republicans said they hoped to block or delay his appointment until an internal investigation into his leadership of that office could be completed.
July 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF's Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico. Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in the city of Hostotipaquillo, was shot to death Jan. 29 when gunmen intercepted his patrol car and opened fire.
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January 15, 2008 |
Rex D. Davis, 83, a former director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms who presided over ATF's transition into an independent bureau, died Jan. 7 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md., of complications from a colon infection, the Washington Post reported. Davis joined what is now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 1949. He became a "revenuer" -- staking out moonshiners in the woods at night, raiding stills and smashing barrels of moonshine with an ax. He became director of the ATF in 1970.
August 30, 2011 |
Justice Department officials have removed the head of the beleaguered ATF and the U.S. attorney in Phoenix - an attempt to provide a fresh start for the agency whose employees had expressed a lack of confidence in their leadership since the Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking scandal. But the moves did not satisfy congressional Republicans, who vowed to ratchet up their investigation of the failed program that sent hundreds of guns to Mexican drug cartels. They are preparing for a new round of hearings into who was involved at other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Justice Department.