Dennis Burke, AZ US Attorney forced to resign amid scandal, cover-up

Within days of testifying before a Congressional committee about his office’s role in the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms gun-smuggling operation known as “Fast and Furious,” U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke has submitted his letter of resignation — effective immediately. His resignation comes amid fallout of his knowledge of the ill-conceived and reckless operation that left Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry dead in a gun battle near Rio Rico, Arizona. Terry’s murder effectively ended the scheme.

Burke an attentive student of and longtime aide to Janet Napolitano, previously served as her Chief of Staff and was appointed to the Arizona U.S. Attorney post by Napolitano’s boss, Barack Obama.  His career is now in shambles, though his name was previously mentioned as a possible Democrat contender for several higher offices.

Burke’s terse email informing his staff of his abrupt leave-taking can be read here.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Burke’s resignation in this press release.

Springing to the defense of the career-Napolitano-clone are other liberals — former Arizona Sen. Dennis DeConcini and Grant Woods, the ubiquitous political clown who rears his head whenever a camera or microphone are within spitting distance.

Last month, in an appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, William McMahon, the head of ATF’s Western region, testified that the agency had “good intentions” when it launched “Operation Fast and Furious” in 2009. “But looking back, there are things ATF would have done differently,” he said. McMahon said he was committed to dismantling criminal networks on both sides of the border and that “in our zeal to do so, and in the heat of battle, mistakes were made. And for that I apologize.”

McMahon should win an award as a master of undertatement.

Listen to whistleblower federal agents Jay Dobyns & Vince Cefalu expose the truth behind the irresponsible operation.

16 Responses to Dennis Burke, AZ US Attorney forced to resign amid scandal, cover-up

  1. TeaPartyPatriot says:

    “Burke has submitted his letter of resignation”

    …another scape-goat for “You Lie!” hussein’s imbecile AG (and Black Panther Party supporter and defender) holder

  2. Kathy says:

    The cover-up is getting harder to cover. Keep at it Issa & Grassley – God Bless them. There have been other crimes committed in the US with F & F weapons and the DOJ & the O are covering them up.

  3. Jane says:

    Does this mean he’ll be running for AZ’s U.S. Senate seat?

  4. MacBeth says:

    Dennis Burke should have been gone long ago. Amend that. He should never have been appointed to this post. His mentor Janet Napolitano paved his way. The one good thing that has come out of this miserable mess is that his career has come to a screeching halt. Let’s hope the same is true of Obama and along with him all of his leftist unconfirmed czars and Napolitano and Holder.

  5. Kimball says:

    Dennis Burke is an odd duck, never married, lived with this mother for years and nurtured by a mirror image of himself (in many ways) — Janet Napolitano. Is it just me or have others noticed the exceptional weirdness of these Obama adminstration hires?

  6. Ajo Joe says:

    Burke’s email resignation is strangely worded. “My long tenure in public service has been intensely gratifying. It has also been intensely demanding. For me, it is the right time to move on to pursue other aspects of my career and my life and allow the office to move ahead.”

    He’s moving on with greased skids under his ass. Of course its the “right time.” Can you imagine if he dug in his heels and demanded to stay? They would have to have bound and gagged him and hauled him out. But one way or another, Burke was gonna be leaving — head or feet first.

    I wonder what other “aspects of his career he intends to pursue” with this massive cloud hanging over his head?

  7. Brandy Baron says:

    ‘Exceptional weirdness’ is putting it mildly, Kimball LOL
    Good riddance to a boil on the butt of AZ!

  8. Jonathan says:

    This shameful episode has one definite upside. It will put a cork in Burke’s political aspirations.

  9. garvan says:

    And today the head of the ATF was just given the heave-ho; not out of government, but into a new “job”.

    I sure hope Issa and Grassley keep going after the big bosses behind this ATF criminal enterprise: Eric Holder and barack obama.

  10. Orion says:

    FOX News reports that when Burke was testifying before the Congressional Committee, he became physically ill and couldn’t complete his testimony. What a guy! He must have seen the future in his puke.

  11. theplanetprisoner says:

    Great story…..
    When are WE THE PEOPLE going to make our officials accountable for the atrocities committed regularly? We have the absence of documented evidence to the 9/11 Commission by Bob Graham and Porter Goss to complacency of the banksters in the housing bubble to other articles we read in our local papers. Just how much are we going to take before we start prosecuting these “untouchables” for either treason or aiding and abeding enemy. Another example of blind-siding America is the media’s ignorance of RON PAUL’s documented success in his run for Presidency. As long as the Sheeple pay more attention to the strip clubs / football games / TV sitcoms / and the nightly snewz, we should not expect anymore than the police state, the poisons in our food / vaccines, the govt. corruption, and biased media that we are getting.
    RON PAUL 2012

  12. Frankly Speaking says:

    Dennis Burke’s career is cooked, which is excellent news given that he was attempting (with her mentoring) to follow the path of Janet Napolitano. He was the Dems hope for higher office. Maybe he can now find a job at Lerner and Rowe, those advertising “way to go” lawyers?

  13. Marc J. Victor says:

    A great law professor of mine once said, “If they get you asking the wrong question, it doesn’t matter what the answer is.” The wrong question here is, “How should the federal government best observe, track and control the flow of guns?” The right question is, “What types of things can be done to reduce the violence in our society?” Guns do not kill or harm people. Bad people sometimes use guns to injury or kill people. Focusing on what causes people to hurt and kill others is what we should be focused on.

    The idiotic drug war is probably the single biggest cause of violence in our society. The prohibition on certain drugs, just like the similarly failed prohibition on alcohol, creates a black market of trade which relies on violence to enforce contracts and to protect or transport goods. Say what you want about all the bad things that result from the ingestion of alcohol, at least the Miller guy and the Budweiser guy don’t shoot it up in the streets when they disagree. Peace emanates from a respect for others which includes tolerating the notion that adults are in charge of themselves and have a right to put into their bodies whatever they want without anybody’s permission or approval.

    Marc J. Victor

    • garvan says:

      Right on, Marc! Folks on our side of the political discussion tend to be knee-jerk prohibitionists. They’re probably unaware that organized crime in our country began with Prohibition.

      We hear the old mantra that if drugs are legalized, then pushers will start hanging out around school playgrounds and other places where they can hook our kids.

      Well, pushers of these drugs are already doing exactly that, precisely because there is so much money to be made off drugs which are expensive because they are illegal.

      But note that there are no “pushers” of legal drugs, such as alcohol or tobacco, hanging around playgrounds. Why? Because these drugs are inherently inexpensive.

      The day marijuana, cocaine, meth and heroin are legalized is the day the drug cartels — and the costly DEA bureaucracy — go out of business.

      It’s also the day our jails will no longer be crowded with growers, users and sellers of marijuana.

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