President Withdraws Nomination of Former Agent to Head ATF

President Withdraws Nomination of Former Agent to Head ATF

David Chipman, President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testifies as a former ATF agent before the House Judiciary Committee in September 2019. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) President Joe Biden on Thursday announced the withdrawal of his nomination of gun control activist David Chipman to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Biden’s move comes after Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, joined unified Republican opposition in the Senate to Chipman’s heading ATF. King caucuses with Senate Democrats. Some centrist Democrats also raised concerns, The Hill reported. Biden blamed only Republicans in a written statement about the withdrawal, however. “He would have been an exemplary director of the ATF and would have redoubled its efforts to crack down on illegal firearms traffickers and help keep our communities safe from gun violence,” the president said. Chipman, a former ATF agent, later became a gun control lobbyist , prompting immediate Republican opposition to his nomination. “Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress have made clear that they intend to use gun crime as a political talking point instead of taking serious steps to address it,” Biden said. “That’s why they’ve moved in lockstep to block David Chipman’s confirmation, and it’s why they side with gun manufacturers over the overwhelming majority of the American people in opposing commonsense measures like universal background checks.” In July, every Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee demanded a new confirmation hearing for Chipman, following allegations that the nominee made a racist […]

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