William Hoover was one of the five ATF officials House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley singled out as responsible for Operation Fast and Furious. ATF spokesman Drew Wade told the AP that Hoover resigned on Tuesday – the day Issa and Grassley released the congressional report in which they singled out Hoover and four of his colleagues.
Wade did not immediately responded to a request from The Daily Caller seeking confirmation that the GOP lawmakers’ report prompted Hoover’s resignation, and did not answer whether or not resignations are in the works for the other four officials.The other four ATF officials Issa and Grassley blamed Fast and Furious on in this report are:
- William Newell, the special agent in charge of the phoenix field division
- William McMahon, Newell’s boss who was ATF’s deputy assistant director for field operations
- Mark Chait, McMahon’s boss who was ATF’s assistant director for field operations
- Kenneth Melson, former acting ATF directorSince Fast and Furious broke out as a major national scandal, all five of those ATF leaders have since been reassigned within ATF and the Justice Department.
H/T to Scotty Starnes