The White House will withdraw the nomination of gun control activist David Chipman to lead the ATF after moderates objected to his selection — handing President Biden a key defeat on a platform promise to tighten federal gun policies.
The demise of Chipman’s nomination to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was reported by the Washington Post, Politico and Fox News. The White House did not immediately issue a statement.
It’s the second major Biden nomination to flop. Neera Tanden, Biden’s nominee to be White House budget director, was yanked after an uproar over attack tweets she issued against the very senators whose votes were needed for confirmation.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, applauded the news.
“Mr. Chipman’s long record as a partisan, anti-Second Amendment activist raised plenty of concerns about how he’d administer federal firearms laws,” Grassley said. (Read more from “Biden Blow: WH Concedes Defeat on Controversial ATF Pick” HERE)
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