ATF officials suspended over Fast and Furious

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) who oversaw the lethal gun-walking scheme, Operation Fast and Furious, have reportedly been suspended for their actions -- perhaps because of a forthcoming report from the Office of the Inpector General.

Katie Pavlich at Townhall writes:

ATF Deputy Director Tom Brandon has suspended ATF Assistant Director of the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations Bill McMahon, ATF Acting Deputy Director Billy Hoover and ATF Assistant Director in Charge of Field Operations Mark Chait until further notice from their cushy ATF management positions as the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, of which McMahon, Hoover and Chait were heavily involved in, is on going. The rumor is that Brandon has a rough draft copy of the Justice Department Inspector General Report on hand, sparking the move. 

Pavlich also spoke to an ATF special agent who has served under McMahon. There is an ongoing catastrophe with ATF’s leadership," he said.  "Executives in positions of influence who see bad acts taking place with no courage to act but instead stand by and watch them happen.  Can you say Penn State?"

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