Lawmakers seek answers on official at center of 'Fast and Furious'
August 22nd, 2012
05:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Lawmakers seek answers on official at center of 'Fast and Furious'

Washington (CNN) - Top Republicans investigating the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-running sting have demanded that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives explain why an official at the center of the controversy remains a government employee while working for a private firm.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, wrote to Acting ATF Director Todd Jones complaining the arrangement for "double dipping" in the case of William McMahon is "not the culture of change that you promised to bring to ATF."


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    More political posturing from these two cons. Where are the jobs?

    August 22, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. 8.3% unemployment - Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    What the heck kind of fraud is this?!! Get all the money back that he was paid by the government while he had this other job. Are they trying to shield the guy from something? Like the investigation??

    August 22, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. just sayin

    just when you thought there wasn't anybody more incompetent than obama, along comes eric holder. the poster child for the hopelessly incompetent.

    August 22, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. rs

    I would much rather find out what the Arizona State Legislature was thinking when they crafted legislation that let homeless people by firearms in proxy for the real buyers, or how gun shows can sell guns to anybody, no questions asked. The GOP would have you believe Holder handed out assault weapons at the border, but that isn't quite what went down. Surprise! The GOP played "fast and furious" with the facts!

    August 22, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    McMahon, the agency's former Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations, has been allowed to take extended paid leave to enable him to reach retirement eligibility while working as head of global security for JP Morgan in the Philippines.
    Decisions like this in the Obama Administration drive home the idea that raising taxes is not how we fix our financial problems. There is just nobody in this Administration who respects the taxes we work to pay. These guys are just living large on the money they keep from your paychecks. We can do better. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    August 22, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Issa please attend the RNC convention in hopes that you will be BLOWN away forever and all the hate with you.

    August 22, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. CBR

    People have short memories. The company where Dick Chaney worked was given many government contracts without bids. Haklliburton got richer on our dollar.

    People will only be reprimanded and fired when the public decides to fight back. OF course, the Republicans are investigating this bungled program. Any investigation needs to be non-political in nature. If they had been actively working within the Chambers they would deserve our attention. Darryl Issa has long proclaimed that there is stonewalling. However, Mr. Issa is not doing a good job because he is alienating the very group which might give him support. When people begin yo workin a bi-partisan fashion we should all support that effort. Unfortunately, many members of Congree who happen to be Republicans have not done anything over the last two years and tried to stop any legislation that would make President Obama's approval numbers to go up. They did not stop President Bush form starting a war which has never been paid for or budgeted for. Now they are complaining about everything and do notwant any money spent. It is lke closing the gate after the fox has attacked the chickens,

    August 22, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Larry L

    This of course has nothing to do with the law or these two Republican's version of ethics. This is a political witch-hunt typical of a Republican Congress in an election year.

    How about some specifics from Romney about his promises of low taxes, reduced deficit, cheap gas, great healthcare w/o a bill-payer, a huge Defense Department budget, and even a new embassy for Israel! He refuses to tell us how he'll pay for these things! When asked he says the details will come later... when? Where are those tax returns he's hiding? Is he facing tax court for a felony?

    August 22, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. scarf

    Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Except in the case of "Fast and Furious."

    August 22, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |


    the more things change the more they stay the same

    Under President Ronald Reagan America not only increased its involvement in the Middle East by supplying arms to both Iraq and Iran in their war against each other, but America stepped up its involvement in conflicts around the world, especially South America.In 1998 the CIA finally admitted to its involvement in drug trafficking in the United States after years of federal investigation by the Kerry Congressional Committee. What the CIA admitted to was allowing cocaine trafficking to take place by Contras who were being supported by the CIA, using facilities and resources supplied by the US government, and preventing investigation into these activities by other agencies. This was done because funds for the support of militant groups in South America had been withdrawn by Congress so the CIA allowed the Contras to engage in the drug trade in the United States in order to make money to fund their military operations. If you are wondering why this was not covered more widely in the news during the Clinton Administration it may be because Arkansas was one of the major trafficking centers for the operations

    August 22, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Larry L


    I would much rather find out what the Arizona State Legislature was thinking when they crafted legislation that let homeless people by firearms in proxy for the real buyers, or how gun shows can sell guns to anybody, no questions asked.
    Right now in Texas individuals (not dealers) can sell guns to others at the gun shows with no questions asked. I can put an ad in the paper or on-line and simply hand the weapon to another person as he hands me the money. It happens every single day and this practice is strongly supported by the N.R.A. I could visit a local sporting goods store (about a dozen of the chain within thirty miles of my home) and buy tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition in a single day – with no record of my purchase. This failed attempt at law enforcement was ridiculous, but the bad guys could accomplish the same thing with a handfull of surrogate buyers.

    August 22, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    Woman In California
    Issa please attend the RNC convention in hopes that you will be BLOWN away forever and all the hate with you.
    He's just doing the job we sent him there for. It's not hate, it is respect for the taxpayers who work hard in this economy for the money we pay in taxes. Do you think it is acceptable to give a guy paid leave of absence at that level so that he can work for a private company and continue to clock time for his government pension? But before you answer that, do remind yourself that it is 2012, over 8% of Americans still looking for work are unemployed and a much higher percentage of Americans who are actually working are making less than they used to and are paying taxes that are used for these kind of decisions.

    August 22, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |

    Romney the tax cheat and Ryan atkins Gop always try and change the subject when romney the tax cheat gets his rear in a magic panty wad ,nobody cares about your made up fast and furious but we do care about romney s taxes and atkins ryans abortion bill signing ,nice going Gop ,trying to slide another one by unseen ,except by the Gop back room .Dem landslide coming and Gop hot dog bus wreck in Nov !!!

    August 22, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. myviewis

    Woman In California

    Issa please attend the RNC convention in hopes that you will be BLOWN away forever and all the hate with you

    I gather you approve of the anarchists planning to use improvised explosive devices to destroy the bridges in the Tampa Bay area which might bring death to someone. Hopefully you're all talk and won't be one of the ones the FBI will be chasing after when the criminal violence begins by the anarchists at the Republican National Convention.

    August 22, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. CanadaONE

    Slow and Calm strated by GOP

    August 22, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. myviewis

    In typical Democrat non-sense, it is okay for McMahon to work full time for JP Morgan so that he can reach retirement, is allowed to collect a paycheck from JP Morgan and has continued to stay on our government payroll receiving a full time paycheck while working full time at JP Morgan. What happened to Obama saying he was going to clean-up Washington, change Washington, change this government from abuse, etc......Obama is such a hypocrite but he made a lot of people happy by telling them what they wanted to hear, not that Obama followed through with what he promised them.

    August 22, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. Donkey Party

    Why not start by investigating the Bush officials who started the program? Or in the meantime, how about investigating how much taxpayer money was spent for a bunch of GOP frat boys to go skinny-dipping in one of the holiest places known to man?

    August 22, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. Ancient Texan

    The Phillipines is far enough away from the hearings, McMahon won't have to answer any more questions and can draw ATF pay and moonlight at the same time. Probably Holder's idea.

    August 22, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is the first person that should have been talked to about the problem. Don't go after Holder until the people closer to program had been interviewed.

    August 22, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. Thomas

    Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California.

    These two act like nothing ever happened when there guy GW Bush was in Office.
    How short is there memory .

    August 22, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  21. Phil Thomas

    Wow, these Fox Trolls must have Fast and Furious on Google alerts or something. Its the same handles, same losers and the same idiotic talking points. Look read the Forbes article, do your research and get a clue. Obama and Holder are so far removed from this and they have no desire to take your guns away. They had four years to do it and they didn't, Now the state of Arizona has their dirt on their finger nails. Its funny you read about yellow journalism, Joe Mcarthy & its 2012 and well be telling our kids the same stories.

    August 22, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    With our republican House chasing the wind, it's no wonder nothing ever gets done for the people.

    August 23, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |