Senate Judiciary Republicans allegedly had information regarding racism charges against David Chipman, President Biden’s anti-gun nominee for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and kept it under wraps for over two months.
A recent report corroborated that Chipman made racially charged statements about black ATF agents who were up for promotion.
“He made some comments that he was surprised by the number of African Americans who have made it onto a specific promotional list,” a current ATF official told The Reload.
“So, his insinuation was that they had to have cheated,” the official added. “Which is kind of despicable.”
Multiple complaints were lodged against Chipman and the official alleges it ended his time working in the ATF’s Detroit Field Office.
“He left Detroit because of that,” they said. “He did not leave Detroit on the best of terms. His reputation was that he was not nice to people.”
Getting harder and harder for Dick “Michael Avenatti and Julie Swetnick were on to something” Durbin to ignore these shocking revelations about David Chipman.
Call another hearing, or call on him to withdraw, @DickDurbin.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) August 5, 2021
ATF Nominee Accused Of Racism
Last week, every GOP senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee demanded a second hearing for ATF nominee David Chipman in part because of the racism charges.
In a press release, the lawmakers wrote that the committee must address “allegations that Mr. Chipman made racist statements about the abilities of African American ATF agents, the existence of which allegations have been confirmed by current and former ATF officials.”
They believe the comments speak to Chipman’s character.
NEW: Republican Senate Judiciary Committee staffers were first notified of a racism allegation against Biden ATF nominee David Chipman nearly two months ago but didn’t act on the information because of “optics,” communications show.https://t.co/AqwZkAhWEP
— Andrew Kerr (@AndrewKerrNC) August 4, 2021
A report by the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) indicates staffers for the Senate Judiciary Republicans were informed of the racism charges nearly two months ago.
The staffers were reportedly notified that the ATF official was willing to speak with them about the claims.
The DCNF writes that “one of the staffers said their hands were tied and that the committee couldn’t reach out to the former agent to corroborate the allegation on their own due to ‘optics.’”
The information was received on June 10th, while the DCNF reported on the racism charges against Chipman on June 22nd.
Senate Judiciary Republicans did not call for a second hearing until late July.
NEW: Biden’s embattled ATF nom David Chipman failed to disclose to @SenJudiciaryGOP/@JudiciaryDems a media appearance on Chinese state TV, which may have been used as propaganda by the communist state to cover up a mass stabbing of childrenhttps://t.co/CGIdBUHhIf
— Kelly Laco (@kelly_laco) August 4, 2021
David Chipman Appeared On Chinese State-Run TV
In addition to the racism charges, Senate Judiciary Republicans would also like to address news of an appearance Chipman made on Chinese State TV in 2012.
Chipman failed to disclose the appearance which, according to Fox News, “may have been used as propaganda by the communist state to cover up a mass stabbing of children.”
— Emily Miller (@emilymiller) July 30, 2021
CNN has described Chipman as a “fierce advocate for gun control” who spent over two decades as a special agent with the ATF and has worked as a senior policy adviser for ‘Giffords,’ a gun control group formed by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ).
“With respect to the AR-15, I support a ban as has been presented in a senate bill and supported by the president,” Chipman told Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) at the time.
Sen. Ted Cruz gets Joe Biden’s ATF Director nominee David Chipman to admit that he wants to BAN the AR-15, the most popular rifle in America. pic.twitter.com/WfYmkmjLtS
— Easterndmondbk (@Easterndmondbk) May 27, 2021
Last month, House Republicans pushed a resolution to impeach Biden’s ATF nominee before he has even been confirmed.
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