‘This Was a Failure’: Biden’s ATF Pick Says White House Left Him Open to Attack

'This Was a Failure': Biden's ATF Pick Says White House Left Him Open to Attack

FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2019 file photo, David Chipman, a former federal agent and adviser at the gun control group Giffords, speaks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on assault weapons on Capitol Hill in Washington. The White House will withdraw the nomination of Chipman, a gun-control advocate to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after he ran into bipartisan opposition in the Senate, a person familiar with the decision said Thursday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) David Chipman’s confirmation odyssey began with a short congratulatory buzz from Attorney General Merrick Garland in April and ended, he said, with a long, rueful call from the presidential adviser Steve Ricchetti admitting the White House had fallen “short.” Chipman, a brash gun control activist whose nomination to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives imploded this month, said he had no other contact with the White House, which often left him feeling alone, on “an island,” when pro-gun groups attacked him. Instead, the West Wing strategy focused on selling Chipman to Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, the centrist Democrat and perpetual kingmaker in an evenly divided Senate, only to lose the support of Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, which left Democrats at least one vote short of the 50 needed for confirmation. “Either this was impossible to win, or the strategy failed,” Chipman told The New York Times in his first public comments since President Joe Biden withdrew the nomination, conceding he could not get […]

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