President Joe Biden’s embattled ATF nominee, David Chipman, has been meeting privately with Senators from both sides of the aisle, trying to secure enough votes to save his nomination.
Chipman is meeting with Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska today. On Monday, he met with Sen. Angus King of Maine. West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin — who is seen as the crucial swing vote — arranged meetings between Chipman and West Virginia’s Republican Gov. Jim Justice.
CNN is reporting that Chipman will meet with pro-gun groups from West Virginia too.
“The issue is whether he’s the right guy for the job,” King, who caucuses with Democrats, told CNN Tuesday. “My question is whether he can be an effective director. I haven’t decided yet.”
David Chipman spent 25 years as an ATF special agent and supervisor. After he retired, he worked for Everytown for Gun Safety and the Giffords as a senior policy advisor. He is a staunch anti-gun advocate, who has given interviews and written numerous articles calling for more gun control.
David Chipman is a former special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). As of April 2021, he was a senior policy advisor at Giffords, an anti-gun violence organization.
On April 7, 2021, President Joe Biden (D) announced he had selected Chipman as his nominee for director of the ATF. Biden said, “David knows the AFT well. He served there for 25 years. And Vice President Harris and I believe he’s the right person, at this moment, for this important agency.”
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