It seems that the nation’s firearms regulator — better known as the ATF — hasn’t been forthcoming with FOIA requests into the work record of a former employee named David Chipman. You know Chipman as the ex-agent and current paid hack for the gun control industry. After leaving the ATF, he went to work for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown civilian disarmament operation before jumping over to Giffords where he’s still on the payroll.
Chipman’s record of producing prodigious amounts of anti-gun agitprop was so impressive that it caught the eye of whoever is running things in the White House these days. That resulted in someone else feeding Chipman’s name into a Teleprompter so President BidenHarris would announce his nomination to run the agency that formerly employed him (and where his wife is currently employed).
Which brings us to a complaint that’s been filed by something called the American Accountability Foundation, an org that does “non-partisan conservative research and fact-checking so Americans can hold their elected leaders accountable.”
They want a look at David Chipman’s personnel file from his time as an ATF government employee. Toward that end, they filed the appropriate FOIA request with the ATF…to which the agency has failed to respond. As a result, the AAF filed a lawsuit today seeking information into allegations of “professionally impermissible statements” by Chipman.
As stated in the lawsuit . . .
In an answer to a question from Senator Ted Cruz, David H. Chipman admitted that at least two Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints had been filed against him while he was previously employed at ATF.
David H. Chipman also admitted to Senator Ted Cruz that his personnel file was still under the control of the federal government.
The AAF goes on to say that they believe there were actually more than two EEOC complaints filed.
As Rob Romano, the community communications director for the Firearms Policy Coalition reports, the AAF has reason to believe that at least one of those complaints is because Chipman allegedly made disparaging statements regarding minorities’ intellectual abilities.
Uh oh. If we’ve been following the current zeitgeist correctly, expressing the opinion that minorities can’t succeed without cheating is…how do you put it…a cancellable offense. If true, that would preclude a nominee from running a federal agency with over 5,000 employees, many of whom are, well, minorities.
Is there anything behind the AAF’s allegations? We don’t know. As Brett Kavanaugh can tell you, anyone can make virtually any wild allegation against someone in an attempt to derail their nomination. Politics is a dirty business and there are plenty of people who are all too willing to get down in the muck.
But if these allegations are false, wouldn’t Chipman and the ATF want to refute them? Couln’t they easily do so? These aren’t claims about what might have happened at a high school party 40+ years ago, these are allegations about workplace behavior that is supposedly documented in Chipman’s file. There’s either a record of this incident or there isn’t.
Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed a vote on moving the Chipman nomination to the full Senate for a vote…something that should have been a slam-dunk. They’re currently scheduled to hold that vote on Thursday. Does the delay have anything to do with what’s in his personnel record? Inquiring minds want to know.
Shouldn’t Senators have that information — whatever may be there — when it comes time to vote on his nomination? What are the chances that the AAF will get access to Chipman’s records before the Senate votes?