Democrats are preparing for war. If you thought the fight over Brett Kavanaugh was a circus, it’s time to send in the clowns, right back to the center ring.
President Donald Trump named John Ratcliffe to serve as Director of National Intelligence, replacing outgoing Dan Coats.
According to far-left leaning CNN, “It also sets the stage for what is likely to be a bruising and partisan confirmation battle.”
Ratcliffe only got the job by kissing up to Trump, the liberals complain, questioning his experience for the job.
The Texas Republican lawmaker is well known within the beltway for criticizing Robert Mueller and his witch hunt of an inquisition. Last week he grilled Mueller like a steak on the witness stand.
Ratcliffe is also on record alleging “there were crimes committed during the Obama administration.”
“I’m not going to accuse any specific crime. I just want there to be a fair process to get there. What I do know, as a former federal prosecutor, is, it does appear that there were crimes committed during the Obama administration.”
Crimes like the phone taps that started a case against Michael Flynn. “Someone in the Obama administration leaked that call to The Washington Post. That’s a felony.”
“We know that things happened in the Obama administration that haven’t been answered. There’s been no accountability for that yet.”
I am pleased to announce that highly respected Congressman John Ratcliffe of Texas will be nominated by me to be the Director of National Intelligence. A former U.S. Attorney, John will lead and inspire greatness for the Country he loves. Dan Coats, the current Director, will….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2019
Ratcliffe is grateful for the nomination, responding to say, he’s “deeply grateful to President Trump for the opportunity to lead our Nation’s intelligence community and work on behalf of all the public servants who are tirelessly devoted to defending the security and safety of the United States.”
Ratcliffe’s biggest drawback may turn out to be that he’s too nice. Republicans aren’t lining up to jump on the bandwagon. They don’t think he’s “aggressive enough.” Usually someone with a military background gets the job.
Considering that the cabinet level position does not involve issuing orders to anyone, his experience and loyalty might be exactly what President Trump needs. Rep. Mark Walker agrees.
“The only thing stronger than his credentials is his character,” the highest ranking member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism added that he could “think of no one better.”
Ratcliffe is already a member of the intelligence community, serving on both the Intelligence and Homeland Security Committees.
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In 2016, Ratcliffe worked side-by-side with former Rep. Trey Gowdy on the House investigation of the way the Justice Department and FBI botched the Hillary Clinton probe and the shady origins of the Russian collusion debacle. It was Gowdy’s seat at the table in the House Intelligence Committee that Ratcliffe sits in now.
One of the things that will bring the most heat down on Ratcliffe is his opinions about the Justice Department. He feels, and rightly so, that the American people have lost trust in the department and the “only way” to earn it back is with a “very fair process.”