Deputy Assistant ATF Director William McMahon was neck-deep in Operation Fast and Furious, a gun-walking plot of the Obama Department of Justice that armed the Sinaloa cocaine cartel with thousands of firearms. He is one of the officials responsible for at least 302 known deaths in the United States and Mexico, including Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
The DOJ has approved a double-dipping deal that sounds a lot like hush money.
In a letter Tuesday to B. Todd Jones, the acting ATF director, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said that Deputy Assistant ATF Director William McMahon, who oversaw the agency’s Western region during the Fast and Furious operation, has been receiving two salaries simultaneously.
The lawmakers said the ATF apparently approved allowing McMahon to remain on paid leave for four or five months while working for the investment bank in order to reach retirement eligibility.
“ATF has essentially facilitated McMahon’s early retirement and ability to double dip for nearly half a year by receiving two full-time paychecks — one from the taxpayer and one from the private sector,” Issa and Grassley wrote.
McMahon is receiving a six-figure salary as an official in the ATF Office of Professional Responsibility and is serving as executive director of global security and investigations for J.P. Morgan in the Philippines, according to Issa and Grassley.
McMahon was one of five ATF officials recently singled out in a congressional report on the botched gun operation. The report alleged that McMahon knew that no safeguards were in place to prevent a large number of guns from getting into Mexico, but he made no effort to stop them.
What does McMahon know about ” global security and investigations” in the Philippines? Probably about as much as you do.
The difference is that J.P. Morgan was one of the Obama campaign’s top contributors in 2008 to the tune of more than $800,000. They are literally invested in this Presidency. J.P. Morgan’s contribution in 2008 (and we can be sure, 2012) to the Obama campaign . I’m sure all the money flowing from the bank into the Obama campaign’s coffers had nothing to do with Obama’s recent proclamation that “J.P. Morgan is one of the best-managed banks” even after they blew $2 billion in trading. Obama has done a lot to “help” J.P. Morgan, and holds a personal account valued at between $500-$1 million Obama holds with them.
J.P. Morgan even has ATF’s credit cad account.
I’m sure that sort of influence had nothing to do with what appears to be a pay-off make-work job for an highly-placed DOJ official that could put people in jail if he decided to talk to investigators.
Different rules apply to those that imagine themselves as above the law, and when the President himself and the Attorney General seem to be directly involved in the corruption, who is to say they’re wrong?