David Chipman is out.
The Biden-Harris administration plans to pull the controversial nomination this week, according to the Washington Post:
The White House is planning to withdraw David Chipman’s nomination to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this week amid bipartisan pushback over his gun control advocacy, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.
President Biden nominated Chipman, who worked at ATF for more than two decades before joining the gun control group led by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), in April as part of a larger effort to curb gun violence.
The White House declined to comment. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak freely about the nominee.
Politico confirmed the account with additional sourcing:
The White House is planning to withdraw David Chipman’s nomination to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, according to three sources close to the process.
During her afternoon news meeting Thursday, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said Chipman would have been an “extraordinary ATF Director.”
“We knew this would be challenging,” Psaki said. “The ATF hasn’t had a director for six years.”
She said Chipman and the White House are in “active discussions” to determine his future role in the federal government.
Biden’s nominee galvanized the pro-gun community into action in ways never seen before because of Chipman’s history.
Chipman was, and still is, a paid anti-gun activist, working for Giffords as a senior adviser. In the past, he has also worked for Everytown, after serving 25 years in the ATF.
Throughout the nomination process, Chipman made several caustic remarks about American gun owners.
The White House released a quote from Chipman:
“I knew this confirmation process would be difficult, and while ultimately we weren’t successful, it remains essential that ATF is led by a confirmed Director who is accountable to the public and places no special interests before the safety of our children and our communities,” Chipman said. “I’d like to thank Gabby Giffords, whose courage is contagious, and all the other victims of senseless violence who have inspired me to never give up this fight.”
This is a huge blow to Joe Biden’s gun control plans and the entire gun-control movement.
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