Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate
Judiciary Committee, is seeking federal records that may corroborate
whistleblower accounts that President Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) displayed racial bias while
serving as a supervisor at the agency. The whistleblower accounts follow news
reports that the nominee, David Chipman, allegedly
made racially insensitive remarks
about employees seeking promotions. These
new whistleblower reports allege that Chipman filed a meritless complaint that
a black employee cheated on an assessment for a promotion.
new allegation is further corroboration of the despicable comments Mr. Chipman
is alleged to have made. In fact it goes even further, providing evidence that
Mr. Chipman acted upon his racial animus to effectively end the career of a
longtime law-enforcement agent. How much smoke does this Committee need before
it puts out the fire? The fact that the latest allegations supposedly resulted
in an OIG report means that there is documentation supporting this claim in the
possession of the Justice Department. I intend to get it,” Grassley said.
letter to the Justice Department Inspector General, Grassley is seeking all
records related to Chipman’s alleged complaints, along with other personnel
complaints filed by or filed regarding Chipman.
letter is available HERE