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REP. ISSA gets his first scalp – TheHill.com

August 31, 2011

Rep. Issa gets his first scalp

By Jordy Yager – 08/30/11

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) won his first major investigative victory on Tuesday as two of the top federal officials involved with a flawed gun tracking operation stepped down from office.

Along with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Issa has doggedly pursued the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) for the past five months, issuing scores of subpoenas, interviewing dozens of government officials and publicly lambasting President Obama for not being more forthcoming about the “Fast and Furious” operation.

On Tuesday, the DOJ handed Issa a victory, announcing that acting ATF director Kenneth Melson, who has led the agency since 2009, was being replaced and transferred to the Office of Legal Policy. The news came in conjunction with a separate announcement that the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, Dennis Burke, was resigning. Burke oversaw the legal aspects of the Fast and Furious operation, providing advice to agents involved.

Brian Darling, a senior fellow in government studies at the Heritage Foundation, said the moves are a clear victory for Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who has pledged to continue his investigation until a full picture of the operation and its authorizers is painted.

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