White House to withdraw controversial ATF nominee David Chipman

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The White House is withdrawing the nomination of David Chipman to run the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco (ATF) and Firearms, Fox News has confirmed.

Chipman, who had a history of caustic comments about gun owners and worked for gun control groups for years after his career as an ATF agent, was staunchly opposed by Republicans. But he struggled to gain the support of several Democrats, who never explicitly opposed Chipman’s nomination but also never publicly supported him either.

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 25: Former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent and Giffiords Law Center senior policy advisor David Chipman (R) testifies before U.S. House Judiciary Committee during a hearing on assault weapons in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill September 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. Chipman was President Biden’s second major nominee to fail in the Senate after the White House withdrew his name as its pick to lead the ATF. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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The Washington Post first reported the story. 

“Mr. Chipman’s long record as a partisan, anti-Second Amendment activist raised plenty of concerns about how he’d administer federal firearms laws. But that wasn’t the only cause for concern,” Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said. “The record he concealed from Congress, some of which remains hidden to this day, about how he treated his fellow employees while at the ATF confirms his lack of fitness to lead the agency.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has often supported Biden’s executive nominees, celebrated Chipman’s downfall as well. 

“Glad to hear reports the White House is taking my advice and pulling the terrible nomination of David Chipman,” McConnell tweeted. “Absurd that a vocal opponent of Americans’ constitutional rights was ever picked to run ATF. This is a win for the Second Amendment and law-abiding American citizens.”

“I’ve been opposed to David Chipman leading the ATF from the start. He’s an anti-Second Amendment, gun-grabbing radical that should not lead the agency that regulates firearms,” Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said. 

This marks the second major defeat for one of President Biden’s nominees of his term. The White House withdrew its nomination of Neera Tanden to run the Office of Management and Budget earlier this year, after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced he opposed her over her controversial Twitter history. 

This is a developing story please check back for updates. 

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