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.