On June 30, 2009 in New Mexico, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) held a national summit on violent crime and gun trafficking. At that summit were some of the most powerful officials within the Obama Administration--including Deputy Attorney-General David Ogden, Assistant Attorney-General Lanny Breuer, ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson, and Assistant Secretary John Morton of ICE.
Also present at the summit were a few lesser-known figures that later became central to the explosive ATF-DOJ Gun Smuggling Scandal known as 'Project Gunwalker'--such as Phoenix ATF Field Division Special Agent in Charge, Bill Newell.
But why was this summit held? What was its significance? And why was it held a mere 5 months into the Obama Presidency?