White House to withdraw nomination of David Chipman to head up Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms bureau

The controversial nominee faced uniform opposition from Republicans and was not a well-liked pick by some key Democrats

Updated: September 9, 2021 - 9:03am

The White House will withdraw its nomination of David Chipman to head up the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. 

The nominee, a former special agent at ATF and current gun control lobbyist, was scrutinized immediately upon his nomination for his publicly anti-firearm positions. Moderate Democrat Senators in the evenly-split chamber signaled to the Biden administration that they were not fans of the choice and it was unclear whether Chipman would have made it through a confirmation vote.

Senate Republicans universally opposed his nomination. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell described Chipman as an "anti-gun extremist." 

The White House has yet to comment on the matter.