FBI Head Accuses Obama ATF Nominee of Being Soft on Gangs

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This is a very troubling allegation, because as has been documented, much of the gun violence in the country is really gang violence. And the urban Democratic Party has close links to gang leaders.

Obama has nominated B. Todd Jones, the former US attorney in Minnesota, to head the ATF, a controversial appointment for a controversial agency at a controversial time. A political nominee at the ATF is liable to ignore the real problem of gang violence and instead begin using the ATF as a political tool for going after the arms industry and legal gun owners.

Except that it appears that B. Todd Jones was already turning a blind eye to gang violence. This charge is made by none other than the former director of the Minneapolis FBI office, Donald E. Oswald.

Oswald is no Republican looking to kneecap Obama. He’s a Democrat and an Obama supporter alerting senators to Jones’ corruption and incompetence. (via Instapundit)

“I and many others have concluded B. Todd Jones is substantially motivated by personal political gain and not by doing what’s in the best interests of the citizens he is sworn to protect,” the former FBI Director writes. “He was and still remains a significant impediment for Federal law enforcement to effectively protect the citizens of Minnesota from violent gang, drug and gun activities.”

Oswald notes that prosecutions under Jones had dropped 40 percent in a single year and terrorism prosecutions had fallen even more drastically and firearms prosecutions had fallen 36 percent.

Oswald’s letter further criticizes Jones for his support of Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol Kayser, 51, the daughter of one of his mentors at the Minneapolis law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, where Jones had been a partner, and a major financial contributor to Democratic politicians. Kayser came to the office in 2008 from the U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta.

Jones appointed Kayser as head of the violent crime and drug section after she worked in the office for less than a year, Oswald said.

Oswald concluded that Jones did so because he was close to her father, Thomas C. Kayser, 75. Campaign finance records on file with OpenSecrets.org show that Thomas Kayser and his family members have given more than $352,500 to Democrats since 1990.

Kayser and his wife, Marlene, have given more than $17,000 to Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. They gave $14,464 to Klobuchar between 2006 and 2011, and $1,000 to Franken in 2012. Carol Kayser gave $340 to Obama in 2011. “It’s evident that Jones protects Ms. Kayser at all cost to ingratiate favor with others in the Democratic Party,” Oswald wrote.

“Kayser,” Oswald writes, “consistently refused to file federal charges in armed bank robbery cases and significant violent gang investigations.”

Why was this nexus of the Minnesota Democratic machine so reluctant to prosecute organized crime? And why is Obama nominating a man with a track record of favoritism and incompetence, widely disliked within the law enforcement community to such an important position?

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Okey dokey…an appointment so egregious, even a Dem, and an Obama supporter, had to weigh in.

    Could it be that this appointment crosses all "red lines" for some in law enforcement, albeit not belonging to the Eric Holder crew? Looks like it. http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/01/will-barack-h

    Consider: what positions will this ATF head – a softie on gangs – take, especially in light of Fast & Furious ( a gunrunning, gun control scheme gone awry) and the part played by gangs, especially MS 13 – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/03/when-does-a-p

    It is becoming clear that some Dems are NOT willing to take the fall for Obama, not if, when more bodies pile up. A positive development.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • FPF

    No wonder the left Democrat wants take law abiding citizens' guns away, so they can empower gangsters and in turn left politicians can claim they need more tax hike for an even bigger government in order to control (gang related) gun violence.

  • Jeff

    Just one more way to have the law abiding citizens of the US helpless and dependent on the government for their safety and security.

  • Mary Sue

    The gangs are the brownshirts for the radical black (and liberal white) Democrats. Of course they're beholden to Big Gang™! A lot of them came from being IN gangs! Them or their relatives! Then they get money to play the head in the sand game.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Oswald notes that prosecutions under Jones had dropped 40 percent in a single year and terrorism prosecutions had fallen even more drastically and firearms prosecutions had fallen 36 percent."

    That's one way to get near the top of 0'Bama's list of political allies.