All the excitement about Ezell, I forgot to mention this development in a timely manner. It would seem that Melson has decided to sing like a songbird. He will not be the one falling on his sword, and the hot potato goes upwards to Acting Deputy AG James Cole.
Yet Cole was not confirmed as the deputy attorney general until June 28 â€” and only after Senator Grassley agreed to lift his objection to Cole because Justice agreed to allow oversight into Operation Fast & Furious. But it seems obvious that at the time Grassley made this agreement with the Justice Department, neither Cole nor anyone else at Justice had told Grassley about the vital information it was withholding, particularly the possible involvement of the FBI and the DEA.
So now the question will be whether Cole will fall on his sword to shield Holder, and thus the Administration. Â It would seem Melson’s testimony aims squarely at Cole, so my guess is that he will be the one to fall on his sword is anyone will.