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Allies and enemies line up to question ATF nominee B. Todd Jones

WASHINGTON — Obama’s ATF nominee and the U.S. attorney for Minnesota had to bat back questions on Fast and Furious and his career at a Tuesday Senate hearing.

B. Todd Jones, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is shown during a speech by the president at the White House earlier this year.
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Jones supporters say it should be him. Klobuchar introduced a long list of endorsers, from law enforcement and national attorney associations to Republican-appointed U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger. The White House hit Republicans for blocking the nominees on Monday (though Grassley noted it took Obama two years to appoint an ATF head) and said Jones should be the man to take over full-time.

“Todd Jones is a highly qualified nominee who has decades of experience in law enforcement and a track record of effective leadership as acting ATF Director,” spokesman Jay Carney said at the beginning of his press briefing. “The President called on Congress to finally put a confirmed director at the helm of this vital agency, and we hope that they will act swiftly to do so.”

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