Grassley: Whistleblower Alleges ATF Nominee David Chipman Racially Targeted A Black DOJ Employee

Grassley: Whistleblower Alleges ATF Nominee David Chipman Racially Targeted A Black DOJ Employee

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said new whistleblower reports corroborate allegations of racial bias against David Chipman, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). According to a letter Grassley sent to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Wednesday, these new whistleblower reports suggest Chipman “has exhibited a pattern of extremely concerning racially biased behavior,” citing an instance in which Chipman filed a complaint at DOJ that triggered “an unwarranted investigation into an African American employee who he alleged, without evidence, cheated on an exam to become a GS-15.” “The only indication that the examinee had cheated was that his answers to the hypothetical questions posed by the panel were ‘just too good,’” Grassley wrote. With Chipman’s alleged targeting, whistleblowers claim the ensuing investigation significantly impeded the African American ATF employee’s career. While under investigation, the employee was reportedly barred from commendations and promotion. Grassley says these allegations “provid[e] evidence that Mr. Chipman acted upon alleged racial animus to effectively end the career of a longtime law-enforcement agent,” but he emphasizes that “whistleblowers report … the DOJ OIG acted appropriately and conducted a thorough investigation into the complaint and provided the targeted ATF employee with a final letter of clearance.” Due to the “growing number of allegations” concerning Chipman, Grassley argues that more information is necessary to “fully evaluate” Chipman’s nomination. As ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Grassley is demanding more records from Horowitz, as well as a prompt […]

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