[Ed. – It always looks bad when nominees with questions hanging over them won’t allow a records review. Millions of people in normal life have no choice in the matter – why should a nominee for a powerful federal office get a pass?]
Judiciary ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah pushed Chipman on whether he had ever lost possession of his assigned gun while employed at the ATF for more than two decades. Chipman wrote in his testimony a negative to the question, but leadership at the American Accountability Foundation told The Federalist the nominee’s former supervisors and peers at ATF remember Chipman getting his gun stolen.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida informed The Federalist after his hearing they believe Chipman shows “alarming ignorance” and “anti-gun bias.” Chipman is a former gun-control lobbyist and well-known for taking part in the Waco, Texas 1993 Branch Davidian compound siege that left 82 dead.