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White House will withdraw David Chipman’s nomination as head of ATF

<> on January 23, 2013 in Washington, DC.

The White House will withdraw the nomination of David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, three sources familiar with the decision told CNN.

The move comes amid concerns among moderate Democrats and independent Maine Sen. Angus King — along with GOP senators — over Chipman’s past record on gun control.
“We do not have the votes. We will land him in a non-confirmed job in the administration,” one senior administration official told CNN.
Chipman, a former career official at ATF, came under scrutiny from pro-gun rights supporters and the National Rifle Association for his work as a senior adviser to Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords — the organization started by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot at an event in her Arizona district in 2011.
Top Democrats had been quietly moving to lock down support for Biden’s nominee, but Chipman struggled to gain support because some senators questioned if his past record as an advocate for stricter gun laws would make him a less effective director.
The Washington Post was first to report on the withdrawn nomination.
The White House declined to comment when reached by CNN.
Biden nominated Chipman to head the ATF in April, seeking the first Senate-confirmed director of the agency since 2015 and just the second in its history.
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