Trump Renominates John Ratcliffe for Director of National Intelligence

29 Février, 2020, 06:49 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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President Donald Trump late Friday announced Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to be the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).

Trump announced - and then withdrew - his selection of Ratcliffe for the same job previous year, amid reports that Ratcliffe exaggerated his record on his campaign website.

Trump instead named counterterrorism expert Joseph McGuire as acting director, overseeing the 17 agencies of the intelligence community including the CIA and National Security Agency.

He was first nominated days after his high-profile questioning of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller - the ex-FBI director who led an inquiry into allegations of collusion between Russian Federation and Mr Trump's 2016 election campaign.

Trump said Friday he had held back Ratcliffe's formal nomination while an unspecified "inspector general report" was being prepared.

"John is an outstanding man of great talent!" he tweeted.

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President Trump's tenure has been marked by public feuds with the USA intelligence community.

He saw Coats, who was DNI for three years, as a political antagonist who protected the so-called "deep state" that Trump regards as a barrier to his agenda.

In August, Trump announced that Ratcliffe would be withdrawing as his nominee for director of national intelligence just days after announcing him as his pick, citing his tough treatment at the hands of "the LameStream Media".

Ratcliffe has been in Congress since 2015 and now serves on both the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, as well as the Ethics Committee. He called Ratcliffe a "highly partisan operative".

"The last time this nomination was unsuccessfully put forward, serious bipartisan questions were raised about Rep. Ratcliffe's background and qualifications", he said.

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