Psaki points to Chipman’s experience, gun ownership

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on April 8 deflected when asked if she was “confident” whether David Chipman would be confirmed to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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- My other question is on the ATF nominee. When he is expected to formally nominate David Chipman to this role?

JEN PSAKI: You mean, put forward his nomination to Congress? I would expect quite soon. I don't think there's any reason for a delay of that. I will say that David Chipman, who for others who are not as familiar with his background, because I know there's been a Twitter about him out there, but he has 25 years of experience at the ATF. He has helped with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, he helped, invest-- he helped while he was there, there was investigations into the World Trade Center bombing and Oklahoma City bombing.

He's overseeing complex firearms trafficking cases. And he is a gun owner himself. So the President says there's no one better to lead the ATF. He's certainly looking forward to putting his nomination forward, and I expect there would be no delay in that.

- Given his history as a gun control advocate, is the White House worried that this is going to be an uphill battle to get him confirmed?

JEN PSAKI: Well, it's up to Congress. He's also somebody who, he has certainly been an advocate for gun safety measures, but he also has 25 years of experience at the ATF. He's been involved in playing, he's played a pivotal role in investigations. He is a gun owner himself. So he has a broad swath of qualifications and certainly we believe he's somebody who should be seriously considered by Congress.

- So you're confident he can get confirmed?

JEN PSAKI: Well, that's up to the Senate. The president gets to pick who he wants to nominate. He's nominated somebody who is qualified, who has decades of experience, who is a gun owner himself, and is up to the Senate to decide if they move forward with his nomination.