Biden’s former ATF nominee Chipman accuses White House of abandoning him during confirmation

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Chipman says administration failed in its strategy to get his confirmation through Senate

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President Biden’s former nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said he felt like an “island” during his confirmation process.

In an interview on Wednesday, David Chipman said he thought it was “unusual” that he never spoke to anyone in the White House after his nomination.

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“In the back of my mind, I always thought there would be a Plan B, but it hasn’t happened yet,” Chipman said. the new York Times.

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Chipman faced fierce backlash from pro-gun rights groups almost immediately after his nomination earlier this year.

The 25-year ATF veteran has made a name for himself as a strong advocate for increased gun regulations and has returned to his role as an adviser to Giffords, named after former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords from Arizona. is a gun control advocacy group. Shot in the office.

Biden withdrew Chipman’s nomination on September 9 after his confirmation failed to get through the Senate when independent Sen. Angus King of Maine failed to caucus with the Democratic Party.

Had Angus thrown his weight behind the nominee, Chipman’s nomination would have been secured with a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris.

King’s opposition to Chipman was not a surprise to the nominee, who met with the Maine senator in July.

Chipman said that King informed him that his “friends who are gun dealers in Maine” rejected Chipman for the top job.

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“I left my office wondering, ‘Does he really believe that people who regulate industries can only get those jobs if they are friends with the industry?’” Mr. Chipman said. publication. “She said the quiet part out loud.”

The White House reportedly called on Liberal Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.V. Ko to join the board with Chipman, but it is unclear whether King was given the same amount of attention.

“Either it was impossible to win or the strategy failed,” Chipman said. “It was a failure.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Granthshala News.

But after his decision to rescind Chipman’s nomination, Biden said, “We knew it wouldn’t be easy — there has only been one Senate-confirmed ATF director in the history of the bureau.”

“Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress have made it clear that they intend to use gun crime as a political thing rather than take serious steps to address it,” Biden said. “So they’ve gone into lockstep to block David Chipman’s confirmation.”


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