ATF head Kenneth Melson reassigned in shakeup following gun-trafficking probe
By Sari Horwitz and Jerry Markon, Tuesday, August 30, 11:32 AM
The ATF head has been reassigned amid an investigation into a controversial U.S. gun-trafficking operation, part of a a broader shakeup at the Justice Department in which the U.S. attorney in Phoenix is stepping down, people familiar with the moves said Tuesday.
Kenneth E. Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, will become a senior advisor on forensic science in the department’s Office of Legal Policy. He will be replaced at ATF by B. Todd Jones, the U.S. attorney in Minnesota, the department said in a statement.
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