The Biden administration’s nominee for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives wouldn’t give the Senate Judiciary Committee a definition of assault weapons. Nominee David Chipman faced off with Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) during the hearing Wednesday.
“I’ve got 35 seconds left, define it for me would you please sir?” Kennedy asked. “What’s an assault weapon?”
Chipman cited the bill to ban assault weapons, saying it’s dozens of pages long. “There’s no way I could define an assault weapon,” he said.
“You’re going to run this agency and you don’t have a definition of assault weapon?” Kennedy asked.
“But I would be enforcing the definition that Members of Congress pass,” Chipman said.
“If you won’t answer my question how can I vote for you?” Kennedy said.
In fact, the Senate hasn’t agreed on a single nominee for this position for the last 15 years. There have only been acting directors all this time.
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Whistleblower: FBI manipulating cases to create ‘illusion’ of domestic violent extremism
In a letter addressed to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said a whistleblower has come forward detailing how the FBI is manipulating cases related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to create “the illusion” that domestic violent extremism is a widespread problem in the United States.
Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, claimed the “manipulative case-file practice” was being conducted by the bureau’s Washington field office, which was instructing local FBI offices to open up cases on their books that were in fact simply related to the Capitol breach.
“The FBI’s case categorization creates the illusion that threats from DVE are present in jurisdictions across the nation, when in reality they all stem from the same related investigation concerning the actions at the Capitol on January 6,” Jordan wrote.
“Such an artificial case categorization scheme allows FBI leadership to misleadingly point to ‘significant’ increases in DVE threats nationwide,” he added.
Jordan noted this particular whistleblower is just one of many with similar information: “consistent with disclosures we have received from other whistleblowers that high-ranking FBI officials — including a senior WFO official — are pressing front-line agents to categorize cases as DVE matters to fit a political narrative.”
The letter also brought attention to the inappropriate amount of resources the department has devoted to the January 6 Capitol riots:
“The whistleblower disclosed that the FBI is sacrificing its other important federal law-enforcement duties to pursue January 6 investigations,” Jordan wrote. “The whistleblower recalled, for example, being told that child sexual abuse material investigations were no longer an FBI priority and should be referred to local law enforcement agencies.
“Such a posture is not only a dereliction of the FBI’s mission to investigate violations of federal laws, but it is a grave disservice to the victims of child sexual abuse and other crimes that do not advance the FBI leadership’s political agenda.”
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