ATF nominee David Chipman failed to tell Congress about a media appearance on Chinese state television
Biden’s ATF nominee David Chipman failed to tell Congress about a media appearance on Chinese state television that may have been used as propaganda to cover up a mass stabbing of children in Henan province
- Joe Biden’s choice to lead the ATF did not reveal in a Senate poll in May that he participated in a 2012 interview with Chinese state media
- He spoke to CGTN about the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012, which occurred on the same day as a mass stabbing in China’s Henan province.
- It is believed Chipman’s interview was propaganda to cover up the stabbing
- The interview was not included as part of the media appearances Chipman disclosed to the Senate as part of a 16-page list.
- Chipman is a controversial nominee as Republicans argue it’s not right to have a gun control attorney heading the agency for gun law regulation and enforcement
Joe Biden’s choice to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives did not disclose his previous interview with Chinese state media to Congress earlier this year, a Wednesday report found.
David Chipman, a senior policy advisor at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and former ATF special agent, appeared on China Global Television Network — formerly CCTV — to discuss the December 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting. Fox News first reported.
A YouTube video of the interview, titled “David Chipman on Connecticut school shooting: What can be done next?” is still on CGTN’s channel, but has only been viewed just over 6,000 times in its eight-and-a-half years. . it has been uploaded on the site.
However, the interview was not included as part of the media appearances Chipman disclosed to the Senate as part of a 16-page list of past interviews and quotes he had provided to the media.
It is believed that Chipman was used as propaganda by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to cover up a mass stabbing of two dozen children in China on the same exact day as the school shooting in the US.
Joe Biden’s choice to head the ATF, David Chipman, did not disclose in a Senate poll earlier this year that he participated in an interview with Chinese state media about the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.
It is believed that the interview was used as propaganda to cover up a mass stabbing of two dozen children in China on the very same day as the Sandy Hook shooting in the US.
As the Sandy Hook massacre unfolded on December 14, 2012, a 36-year-old man identified as Min Yongjun stabbed 23 children and an elderly woman around the world at a school in Henan province, China.
No one was fatally injured in the stabbing, but 26 people, including 20 children ages 6-7 and six adult staff members, were killed in the Newton, Connecticut shooting by 20-year-old Adam Lanza.
Chipman was brought the day after the attacks to speak with CGTN, a state television company in China, about gun violence in America.
‘I did my best to identify all interviews given, including through a review of my personal files and searches in public electronic databases. Despite my searches, there may be other material that I have not been able to identify, find or remember,” Chipman added as a disclaimer.
As a candidate for cabinet, Chipman had to submit a questionnaire to the Senate as part of his confirmation process, including a list of his media appearances.
Biden’s choice to lead the ATF has been under scrutiny by Republicans who argue it would be unethical to have a gun control attorney run by the Justice Department’s sub-office that oversees regulation and federal enforcement. of firearms laws.
It’s not clear when the Senate plans to vote on Chipman’s nomination, having already passed a round of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee in May.
Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, redoubled his support for the nominee this week.
Chipman appeared before the Senate committee in May for a hearing, but his nomination process has yet to go further as Republicans object to a gun control advocate who heads the federal law enforcement agency that focuses on gun crimes and regulation
White House press secretary Jen Psaki also defended the choice during her press conference on Wednesday.
“We knew this wasn’t going to be easy,” Psaki said when asked about Chipman’s nomination which was seemingly held up at the confirmation step. “ATF has not had a confirmed director for six years and only one confirmed director since the position was confirmed by the Senate.”
“We are disappointed that many Republicans are stepping in to try and uphold his nomination and handcuff the head of the federal law enforcement agency charged with fighting gun crimes,” she added.
Chimpanzee’s confirmation could depend on the vote of Independent Senator Angus King, who is consulting with Democrats.