Durbin Rejects 2nd Hearing on Biden’s ATF Nominee, Calls Racist Remark Allegations ‘Baseless’

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has rejected Republican calls for a second hearing on President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), calling the GOP request a ruse to tarnish the candidate and “unfairly derail” his nomination. Durbin’s announcement came in an Aug. 2 letter to a group of Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee, who demanded a second hearing for ATF nominee David Chipman on grounds of what they described as “now-corroborated reports of racist comments directed at other ATF employees.” “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,” Durbin wrote, referring to a report in The Reload, which anonymously cited current and former ATF agents who confirmed the existence of a complaint accusing Chipman of making racist remarks. “It is my …Read More

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