Jones pick as ATF chief is in deeper trouble

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 2, 2013 - 7:11 AM

A sting operation in Milwaukee that went bad is being cited by GOP lawmakers as inept leadership.

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fentanylFeb. 2, 13 3:42 AM

Unfortunately. Jones pick of senior leadership, who are incapable of working respectfully with other law enforcement agencies is what is driving this story. Telling another agency " tough s..." when they are trying to work with your is pretty outrageous. Jones showing up for camera time after the Petters' conviction when Dixon and the other personnel did all the work was an all time low.

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minn12Feb. 2, 13 4:14 AM

Anyone with results this bad would be FIRED in the real world, not promoted. Jones should withdraw his name. He is simply not up to the job.

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pinky1933Feb. 2, 13 4:40 AM

it's probably prudent to wait for full vetting of Mr Jones before passing judgement but things are quickly looking troubling for his candidacy to run the ATF. we'll see...

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localguyFeb. 2, 13 8:22 AM

Up until 2006, whoever was in the Oval Office could appoint the ATF chief without Senate approval. Then the Senate took control and, of all the candidates who have been advanced since then, not one of them has been confirmed. I don't know about Jones' qualifications, but I definitely smell a rat. Some politically influential group, probably the NRA, wants the ATF to be leaderless.

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jdlellis1Feb. 2, 13 9:10 AM

localguy, Being an admirer of Mr. Jones for a number of years, a selfish Minnesotan perspective, it would be good to keep him here in Minnesota. From a power checks and balances perspective, having the Senate confirm such appointments has merit regardless of who is President. You smelll a rat then indicate the NRA. Is there evidence or is this a convenient populist tag to toss out there?

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Lifeguard06Feb. 2, 13 9:16 AM

Shouldn't this guy have known about the gang task force issues if he was the us attorney for Minnesota?

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zaq12wsxFeb. 2, 13 9:25 AM

Unfortunately. Jones pick of senior leadership, who are incapable of working respectfully with other law enforcement agencies is what is driving this story. Telling another agency " tough s..." when they are trying to work with your is pretty outrageous. Jones showing up for camera time after the Petters' conviction when Dixon and the other personnel did all the work was an all time low..... Sounds like a perfect fit for the Obama Admin.

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houseparty4Feb. 2, 13 9:40 AM

This is just the tip of the iceberg. It will be interesting to see how this nomination plays out for him. I don't think he should be over ATF since I saw how he ran the US Attorney's Office.

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fedup63Feb. 2, 1310:03 AM

The US Attorney's Office in MN has been a cesspool of politically motivated prosecutions under Jones. They go for the easy cases, plead out better than 97% of their cases (hence their constant boasting of their "conviction rate"), and employ a bunch of right-wing, true believers. I hope his nomination stalls indefinitely...

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ephrakerFeb. 2, 1310:05 AM

Refusing to prosecute criminal gang organizations deserves a no vote

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