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Special agents David Stone (left) and Darrell Bonzano with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives walk the beat on a street in the Fairfield Court neighborhood of Richmond during a routine patrol of a Violent Crime Impact Team last month. (Barbara L. Salisbury / The Washington Times)

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B. Todd Jones, nominated to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, faces a claim that he retaliated against a whistleblower. (Associated Press)

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Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is slated to testify Wednesday before Congress on Operation Fearless. (Associated Press)

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Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is slated to testify Wednesday before Congress on Operation Fearless. (Associated Press)

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Special agents David Stone (left) and Darrell Bonzano with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives walk the beat on a street in the Fairfield Court neighborhood of Richmond during a routine patrol of a Violent Crime Impact Team last month. (Barbara L. Salisbury / The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** B. Todd Jones, President Obama's nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** B. Todd Jones, President Obama's nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 11, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** B. Todd Jones, President Obama's nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination. (Associated Press)

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B. Todd Jones, nominated to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, faces a claim that he retaliated against a whistleblower. (Associated Press)

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B. Todd Jones, President Obama's nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was conducting his nomination hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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B. Todd Jones, President Obama's nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was conducting his nomination hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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**FILE** House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican, hears Sept. 20, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington from Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department's internal watchdog, the day after he issued a report faulting the department for disregard of public safety in "Operation Fast and Furious," the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' program that allowed hundreds of guns to reach Mexican drug gangs. (Associated Press)

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican, hears Sept. 20, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington from Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department's internal watchdog, the day after he issued a report faulting the department for disregard of public safety in "Operation Fast and Furious," the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' program that allowed hundreds of guns to reach Mexican drug gangs. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican, hears Sept. 20, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington from Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department's internal watchdog, the day after he issued a report faulting the department for disregard of public safety in "Operation Fast and Furious," the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' program that allowed hundreds of guns to reach Mexican drug gangs. (Associated Press)

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Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, grills U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (in foreground) on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' controversial gun-smuggling tactics during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Kenneth E. Melson, former director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) (Associated Press)

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Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has been accused of a "lack of trustworthiness" in telling what he knew about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' "Fast and Furious" probe involving straw purchases of guns that were then "walked" into Mexico and given to drug smugglers. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Attorney for Minnesota B. Todd Jones, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, acknowledged that the ATF is facing difficult times in the wake of the "Fast and Furious" operation. (Associated Press)

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STALLED: Andrew Traver's confirmation to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives appears to be languishing on the Senate's back burner. (Associated Press)

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Andrew Traver's confirmation to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives appears to be languishing on the Senate's back burner. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)