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Special Counsel Investigation Doesn’t Deter Obama From Nominating ATF Director; Senate GOP Outraged

June 12, 2013 by  

President Barack Obama has nominated B. Todd Jones to fill a seven-year vacancy to direct the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), even though Jones is currently being investigated by the Office of Special Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over allegations he retaliated against a whistle-blower when he was a U.S. Attorney in Minnesota.

Needless to say, Republicans in the Senate are angry. Senate Democrats are wanting to move ahead with Jones’ confirmation hearings — but GOP Senators are threatening to block the nomination.

“We’re left today to take Mr. Jones’s word,” said Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “We have no way of independently verifying what he says or ascertain the truth of the matter. It is unfortunate that we go ahead with this hearing before an open complaint is resolved.”

Grassley followed that up by calling on the committee to launch an investigation of its own into Jones’ alleged harassment of a Minnesota whistle-blower. Details about that case are scarce while the DOJ’s investigation is active.

Obama nominated Jones to head the ATF as part of his 23-item list of proposals to toughen gun laws after last year’s Newtown, Conn., mass shooting.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Brent black

    Nobody really expects our big eared president to do anything but give the whole country a big f-u at every opportunity. Do they?

    • Jenell Stricker

      Well, he is the antichrist after all!

      • Ron r

        He should be proud to play anti to your ” Christ”

  • Gail Filerino

    Well if he’s being investigated by the DOJ then I wouldn’t hold your breathe. Obviously, he came down hard on a whistleblower protecting the obama COMMUNIST regime so Obama is rewarding him. Also, apparently he’s another like minded liberal COMMUNIST against guns. A GUN GRABBER! Another hater of AMERICA. Amazing that this regime never stops on how to betray AMERICANS & AMERICA!

  • Fed up

    Exactly what to expect from the worthless P.O.S.!!!!!!!!

  • Ron r

    The republifascist can take a hike. The ATF can only enforce laws that are on the books. Like guns to cartels, and automatic wepons to idiots on the reich

    • Tommy cunningham

      How can the federal goverment regulate tobacco and alcohol or make laws pertaining to it, last I checked it was up to each individual state on laws pertaining to these two items? Sure the passed the 18th amendment, but wasn’t it repealed? Power not enumerated to fed goverment not is it prohibited by constitution to regulate, therefor it is reserved to the states respectively or to the people . Same goes with drugs as far the Constitution reads.

  • Don miller

    Of ourse he would what better way to gain a loyal subject than to catch him dirty and promise to protect him give him Avery powerful position and then at some convientant later date use him as a scape goat only first set up an offshore account in his name of course with millions of taxpayers money I think we the people have figured out the game and now it’s time we the people change the rules a change where we control our outcomes and destiny not government officials that have the audacity to even think they know what we the people need they don’t stand accountable for the same laws supposedly the laws of the land that they impose on us they don’t have to except the programs they force on us they have their union but unions are bad for us outrageous salaries but we the people make what they deem we are worth they choose their own health care but again we the people are forced what they think we need do we the people have brains can’t we think and decide for ourselves nope cause again the government knows what we need I’m pretty sure I and only I know what best for me not some politician that has. Ever even heard of me how arrogant how would they feel if we the people made their decisions for them not to good I’m betting and probably wouldn’t stand for it half as long as we have our founders didn’t stand for it and neither should we the people any time your ready America while we still can life liberty and freedom let’s
    It back we shouldn’t have to take back something that we earned with our blood no politician or government gave us anything well how about it ready to cowboy up and get this rodeo rockin I’m calling on every freedom loving liberty seeking American to stand united and show this government we only need about a third of what we have the rest is fat that is in serious need of trimming or cut out all together we could start with the IRS see how they like being treated like criminals by their own and from there just keep on keeping on got any takers and tell these corporations you can’t afford to pay an honest hard working American a decent wage stop pissing away millions on CEOs and upper management your people are the ones making the money for u then when we get disgruntled about the wage we make you threaten to close up and move overseas and take all your work and money with you well that’s your decision but it our decision we the people to not let u ship your product back to this country at an over bloated price and another thing don’t come back to me that’s treason this countries taxpayers bail the ginormous corporations out and this is how they repay us my God have we the people turned into washinton and corporate Americas walking mat not this one we the people should demand noire asking or begging but stand up straight and deman fair wages reimplement our unions they have theirs you can have a food union and not destroy a company if it’s ran properly and fair to the people and the company but what happened in this country we the people made corporate America very very wealthy and yep greed took over and everybody prospered except the ones that made it happen we got abandoned yea that’s right corporate America we the people made it happen cause without us you and you CEOs couldn’t and wouldn’t turn wrenches lift loads in other words good old fashioned hard work it used to be worth something in this country not anymore just an early dirt nap oh well I’m ready when you are America like I said before its time to put some action behind these words and beliefs all for one and one for all united we stand let’s put some meaning back in to these words lets make our founders proud its our house lets get it in order throw out the trash and put people in office that aren’t afraid to stand for what their people want not the government all you senators and congress that ignore your people your end is near we the people will put who we think will honor and protect what our founders left to the people not the government and from what I’ve seen we haven’t been very good stewards but if we come together and stand as one we can become excellant stewards unlike our elected officials that have shamed us and this country nothing but a bunch of followers and sell out except for a very few you afraid of a little preasure well if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen and let someone who can and will

    • Steve

      You make some points but your piece is almost Impossible to read without punctuation.


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