Obama hates whistleblowers and the record prosecution of them under his presidency confirms this, so of course he would pick another whistleblower hater to cover his ass at the ATF. Wouldn’t want the truth about Project Fast & Furious to get out to the low-information drones. I posted the ATF intimidation video months ago.
(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says President Obama’s nomination of B. Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) raises “serious questions” because of Jones’s ties to the Fast and Furious scandal.
“The new nominee, B. Todd Jones, is a familiar face to the committee, but his ties to the Fast and Furious scandal raise serious questions,” Grassley said in a statement.
Jones has been acting director of the ATF since August 2011, replacing Kenneth Melson, who resigned amid the guns-to-Mexico investigation. On Wednesday, announcing his “executive actions” on gun control, Obama said he would nominate Jones to hold the job on a permanent basis.
“Since Congress hasn’t confirmed a director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in six years, they should confirm Todd Jones, who will be — who has been acting director, and I will be nominating for the post,” Obama said.
Although Jones replaced the ATF leadership team, he still has come under scrutiny for comments he made earlier this year in a video message to the ATF’s 5,000 employees.
As first reported by The Washington Guardian in July 2012, Jones called for “One ATF, everybody working together, exemplifying one of the pieces of our leadership philosophy, that being teamwork.” Later in the video he said, “Choices and consequences means simply that if you make poor choices, that if you don’t abide by the rules, that if you don’t respect the chain of command, if you don’t find the appropriate way to raise your concerns to your leadership, there will be consequences.”