Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Wednesday asked the Justice Department to turn over documents that may corroborate a racial bias complaint filed against David Chipman, President Biden’s candidate for the post highest at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
In a letter to the Office of the Inspector General, Grassley accused Chipman of exhibiting an “extremely worrying pattern of racist behavior,” after a former black ATF agent accused the president’s candidate of targeting him in a multi-year investigation for allegedly cheating on a test.
The former agent, who has remained anonymous, told The Reload on Wednesday that he was punished after successfully passing an exam that tested officers on how to tackle growing gun crime because Chipman didn’t was unaware of his experience in anti-violence programs.
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“I think it must have been a bias,” said the former agent. “My answers were just ‘too good.’ And I think he just said, ‘That black man couldn’t have answered that well if he wasn’t cheating.'”
Grassley said his office had received “whistleblower reports” suggesting that Chipman filed a complaint with the DOJ that sparked a two-year investigation and “significantly hampered the career of the African-American employee of the ATF by prohibiting any promotion and commendation.
“The only indication that the candidate had cheated was that his answers to the hypothetical questions posed by the panel were ‘just too good’,” Grassley said.
The former agent was reportedly cleared of all charges, but said the multi-year investigation has caused him and his family great stress.
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee last month urged President Richard Durbin, D-Ill., To summon the ATF candidate for a second hearing, following further charges of “racist comments” against other ATF employees.
Grassley said the accusations made by an unnamed former ATF agent in June had been “corroborated” and accused Chipman of commenting negatively on the number of black agents passing their exams.
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While serving as the Deputy Special Agent in charge of the Detroit Field Division, Chipman reportedly said, “Wow, there was an unusually high number of African American agents who passed the exam this time around. . They must have cheated. ”
But Grassley said Wednesday’s allegations go “even further by providing evidence that Mr Chipman acted on the basis of alleged racial animosity to effectively end a law enforcement officer’s career. long-standing ”.
Fox News was unable to immediately contact the White House for comment.
But the Justice Department confirmed to Fox News that Chipman filed a complaint alleging that an ATF agent potentially cheated in a 2007 exam.
“Chipman has served as an assessor for many ATF candidates from all walks of life – and only once, in 2007, raised a concern to supervisors about an individual’s potential cheating. considered serious enough for the inspector general to decide to investigate them, “said a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice.
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“All the allegations of bias against David Chipman are false, and in the two times he has been the subject of a workplace complaint during a 25-year career with the ATF, the complaints have is fully investigated and has been found to be unfounded. “
Fox News could not immediately reach Durbin’s office to confirm whether the president will hold a second hearing for Chipman.
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