ATF in turmoil as top black director demoted, Biden pushes second white man for top job

ATF in turmoil as top black director demoted, Biden pushes second white man for top job

Just In… The embattled Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was rocked again this week when an insider favored for the bureau’s top job was abruptly demoted after being passed over a second time by President Joe Biden. Reports said that acting Director Marvin Richardson, the highest-ranking black man at the agency who had 30 years of experience with ATF, announced Monday that he was being shoved aside by the White House. Biden last week chose a white lawyer to head the sprawling law enforcement agency after his first pick, another white male, bowed out under pressure. “The news that he was being replaced came as a shock to most of us within the agency,” one ATF official told the Reload , a Second Amendment news site. “Refusing to consider an accomplished black agent like Richardson for the permanent position may lead to further controversy around Biden’s nomination of Steve Dettelbach,” reported Reload Editor Stephen Gutowski, who is known for his contacts at the agency, which formulates and enforces gun laws. Richardson had a base of support in the agency for the top job because of his law enforcement experience, years as a manager of the 5,000-employee agency, and balanced relationships with the gun industry. What’s more, some thought he was an easy pick because he is black, and Biden has put a premium on minorities throughout his government — though apparently not at ATF. Two other top leaders at ATF are also planning to leave the agency […]

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