Updated: Jun 21
Update 6/21/21: more info found here.
So we have some goodies for you today. Meet Tara Chipman:
More info (not much else out there before today via articles) on her can be found here (via Only Guns and Money). Here‘s a gun fact though: are you aware that she’d currently employed at the ATF, which if confirmed, her husband would be her boss.
Edit 6/19/21: at the time she was the senior writer-editor at ATF, she was also involved in doing releases/PR for Holder’s botched operation Fast & Furious gunrunning scandal. Source for below email below, part of the F&F FOIA dump.
Wonder if that had something to do with this?
After new documents suggested Attorney General Eric Holder may have contradicted himself over comments about the Fast and Furious gun program, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) called on President Barack Obama to appoint a special counsel to determine if Holder lied to Congress.
“I write to urge you to instruct the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel to determine whether Members of Congress were misled by the Attorney General during his recent testimony before the House Judiciary Committee,” wrote Smith, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday.
Then there’s this:
What was released in the press the next day after that email?
The Obama administration sought to intimidate witnesses into not testifying to Congress on Tuesday about whether ATF knowingly allowed weapons, including assault rifles, to be “walked” into Mexico, the chairman of a House committee investigating the program said in an interview Monday.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, said at least two scheduled witnesses expected to be asked about a controversial weapons investigation known as “Fast and Furious”received warning letters from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to limit their testimony.
Mr. Issa’s committee is set to hear testimony from six current or former ATF employees, including agents and attaches assigned to the bureau’s offices in Mexico, about the operation — in which, federal agents say, they were told to stand down and watch as guns flowed from U.S. dealers in Arizona to violent criminals and drug cartels in Mexico............
But after receiving subpoenas, at least two of the agents got letters from ATF Associate Chief Counsel Barry S. Orlow warning them to keep certain areas off-limits, including those still under investigation. Neither of the targeted agents was identified.
Through all of that that we know that she attended NAU, which helped us locate her Twitter account (it‘s not locked like David’s is update 6/20/21, her account was locked for a few hours).
It’s an understatement she’s not a fan of opposing political parties (that‘s her right) and she also makes it clear her stance on gun control (concerning due to her position and also her husband‘s nomination and the fact she works for the federal agency that enforces federal gun control and makes up new “rules”):
About that one, Tara. You ever heard of the Hatch Act?
Further restricted federal executive branch employees are prohibited from engaging in partisan political management or partisan political campaigns. Generally, Further Restricted employees are those employed in intelligence and enforcement-type agencies (except employees appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate). More specifically, Further Restricted employees are employed by the following agencies (or components) or in the following positions:
Federal Election Commission;
Election Assistance Commission;
Federal Bureau of Investigation;
Central Intelligence Agency;
National Security Council;
National Security Agency;
Defense Intelligence Agency;
Merit Systems Protection Board;
Office of Special Counsel;
Office of Criminal Investigation of the Internal Revenue Service;
Office of Investigative Programs of the United States Customs Service;
Office of Law Enforcement of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms;
Engage in political activity – i.e., activity directed at the success or failure of a political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group – while the employee is on duty, in any federal room or building, while wearing a uniform or official insignia, or using any federally owned or leased vehicle. For example, while at work employees may not:
Post a comment to a blog or a social media site that advocates for or against a partisan political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group
Some more here via Only Guns & Money. Moving on: