The Reload‘s founder Stephen Gutowski joined syndicated radio host Dana Loesch Thursday to discuss the growing strength of the opposition to David Chipman.
There are several complaints against President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the ATF, but the one that’s drawing the most attention is that he made a racist comment about black agents. The Reload talked to two longtime ATF agents, one of whom is still in the agency, who confirmed the existence of the racism complaint. Loesch invited Gutowski on to dig into this controversy that’s gotten the attention of the senators who will collectively decide Chipman’s fate.
“This is something that has been going around the ATF for years now,” Gutowski said. “We don’t know, obviously, whether it’s true or not, but the complaint exists, and I think it would be fair for the public to be able to see it before he gets voted on to get confirmed.”
“It kinda sounds like there is some effort to undermine this guy taking over the ATF from within [the ATF],” Loesch said. “Does it seem like he has a lot of support from within the agency?”
“No, I don’t think he does,” Gutowski said. “They’re concerned that his presence at the top of the agency can have a detrimental impact on the relationships that agents have in the field with [federal firearms licensees].”
During the radio segment, Gutowski reported Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have unanimously demanded new hearings on Chipman. They also wrote a letter to committee chairman Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) demanding the release of the complaints and a committee investigation into how Chipman came to work in the Detroit office as well as the circumstance surrounding his departure.