Sometimes you just can’t count Mitch out.
While the Senate Majority leader has made a series of missteps, most recently on the Democrats’ so-called “infrastructure” bill, there are times when good ole Mitch actually does the right thing.
His fight against Biden’s nominee to head the ATF is one of those times when McConnell is fighting the good fight to save the American people from getting their Constitutional rights trampled on as a result of Biden’s radical agenda.
He said during the weekend that President Joe Biden should withdraw David Chipman’s nomination to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
In calling for the nomination to be pulled, McConnell cited ATF sources who alleged Chipman made racially discriminatory comments while working at the agency. The leader also said Chipman failed to disclose a 2012 appearance on a government-run Chinese television network while working as a special agent at ATF.
“This wasn’t just any TV appearance. Mr. Chipman had granted an interview to a propaganda network overseen by the Chinese government,” McConnell said Saturday from the Senate floor.
— The Hill (@thehill) August 8, 2021
Chipman’s nomination has failed to go through the Senate not only because Republicans have appeared unanimous in their opposition, but also due to some Democrats withholding support. They include Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Angus King, I-Maine.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki last week said the administration “knew this wouldn’t be easy,” in part because the ATF has not had a Senate-confirmed director in six years.
Asked by USA Today's Joey Garrison about the nomination of David Chipman to lead the ATF, Jen Psaki blames Republicans for the spike in crime across the country, saying they're "handcuff[ing] the chief federal law enforcement agency tasked with fighting gun crimes." pic.twitter.com/uA1LQBm6lB
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) August 4, 2021
Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin told Republican committee members last week that he would not hold a second hearing on Chipman’s nomination.
“The Committee will not hold a second hearing on Mr. Chipman’s nomination based on baseless allegations by anonymous sources published in venues with an obvious agenda,” said Durbin
He was referring to a report in The Reload that anonymously cited current and former ATF agents mentioning the existence of an ATF report about Chipman’s alleged racist remarks.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney