A coalition of House Republicans has introduced two articles of impeachment against President Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. David Chipman has yet to be confirmed by the Senate, making the move to impeach him even more shocking.
The resolution is being led by Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale while at least five Democrats remain on the fence over Chipman’s confirmation.
Fox News reports:
“The confirmation of David Chipman to the ATF would be a direct threat to the second amendment rights of Americans and the rule of law,” Rosendale said in a statement about his impeachment resolution. “Not only has Chipman previously given false testimony to Congress, but his statements on gun-control are evidence that his confirmation would be a failure to support and defend our constitutional rights. If appointed, both are impeachable offenses and worthy of Congress to consider his removal.”
The impeachment resolution includes two articles, one alleging that Chipman has failed to “support and defend” the Second Amendment and thus the Constitution, and a second alleging that he lied to Congress when he denied allegations that he lost his service weapon as an ATF agent.
Senators have inquired whether Chipman ever lost his service weapon, and at least one staffer has said that their office has received information contradicting Chipman’s denials. But the claims that Chipman lost his service weapon are still unverified, and the ATF told Fox News previously that there is no record of Chipman ever losing track of his gun.