BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Todayâ€™sÂ replacement of Kenneth Melson as acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is a political charade by the man who really ought to tender his resignation, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today. That man is Attorney General Eric Holder.
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb called for Holderâ€™s resignation after this morningâ€™s announcements that Melson was being â€œreassignedâ€ and replaced. This action appears to be an attempt by Holder to convince people he is taking action in response to the Fast and Furious scandal, now being investigated by Congress.
â€œHolder is just moving deck chairs on the Titanic,â€ Gottlieb stated. â€œTodayâ€™s announcements will do nothing to restore Americaâ€™s confidence in the BATF or the Justice Department so long as Eric Holder remains the Attorney General.
â€œThe ultimate responsibility for Fast and Furious lies with Holder,â€ he continued. â€œMelson is just the latest player to be shifted around, rather than lose his job. Everyone directly involved in the Fast and Furious scandal has simply been moved to another position. There has been no discipline and no accountability, because the man who should be ultimately accountable is still running the Justice Department.â€
Gottlieb called todayâ€™s announcement â€œself-servingâ€ for Holder, who is â€œlooking out for his own interests.â€
â€œThatâ€™s the only thing that is really transparent about this entire administration,â€ Gottlieb observed. â€œThey are looking out for themselves, and playing administrative games when they should step up to the plate and accept responsibility for this scandal. Several people have been moved from the ATF office in Phoenix to other jobs, especially in Washington, D.C. because of Fast and Furious.
â€œIf there had not been significant wrong-doing,â€ he said, â€œnone of these moves would have been made. This is an admission of guilt by the Obama administration without saying so. And where is the president in all of this? Maybe heâ€™s hiding out on the ninth hole of a golf course.â€