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Friday, May 22, 2020

The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Representative John Ratcliffe, a staunch political ally of President Donald Trump, as director of national intelligence, but by a far slimmer margin than his predecessors as the top U.S. spy.

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However, Ratcliffe's name was withdrawn after just five days when both Democrats and Republicans questioned his qualifications and amid reports he had padded his resume by overstating his role in prosecuting terrorists while serving as a U.S. attorney in Texas.

But Trump nominated him again this year after Ratcliffe's aggressive work defending the president when the House of Representatives impeached him last year.

A lying Trump loyalist is now in charge of the US intelligence infrastructure.

There goes any hope of heading off Russian election meddling.

There goes any hope of intelligence agencies being impartial.

If this goes the same way as other departments run by Trump lackies many of the career professionals with the most experience will be driven out by attrition, leaving a vacuum to be filled by idiots who won't question Trump or his sycophants.

Might be some of the most ominous news coming out of this administration for a long time.

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-21 05:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

So how did Ratcliffe go from unconfirmable joke to the director of National Intelligence? The Atlantic's David Graham had a good piece on this last week that noted, among other things, that many senators realized that the current, acting DNI -- notorious online troll Ric Grenell -- was even worse than Ratcliffe.

"It's a travesty that Ratcliffe would be nominated and a travesty that he'd be confirmed," Graham wrote before explaining "the pernicious genius of Trump's plan: Senators would either have to hold their noses and confirm Ratcliffe, or hold their noses and let Grenell stick around."

Today, they chose the former over the latter.

Steve Benen

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-21 05:47 PM | Reply

Shameful

#3 | Posted by qcp at 2020-05-21 06:29 PM | Reply

Oh well.

I no longer expect Pres Trump to receive the intelligence information he needs to protect the United States.

I now expect Pres Trump to hear the intelligence information that he wants to hear, and only that which he wants to hear.

As Pres Trump has said, he wants loyalists around him.

When was the last time you heard him say, "the best and the brightest"?

Really, when?

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-21 10:57 PM | Reply

Does it really matter who gets that job considering Trump doesn't listen to the intelligence agencies anyway?

#5 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-22 12:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He's a Qanon following nutbag who lied about his resume and has ZERO actual intel or management experience necessary for the job, but he is a Trumpublican to his core, so the perfect appointee for Dotard, incompetent but loyal.

#6 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-05-22 12:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And yet, when President Biden's nominees come to the Senate for confirmation, many will be rejected by the GOP because they yawned in church, rolled through a stop sign or twice wore mis-matched socks. All will be treated like mass killers. Just wait and see...

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2020-05-22 12:55 PM | Reply

Once Biden is elected many of these Trump appointees will be lucky to get a job driving for Uber.

#8 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2020-05-22 02:11 PM | Reply

Does it really matter who gets that job considering Trump doesn't listen to the intelligence agencies anyway?

#5 | POSTED BY DANNI

Does it matter that Barr runs the DOJ when Trump stonewalls everything anyway?

Of course it matters! A Trump lackey with no qualifications or independence is in charge of the spying apparatus. How much you want to bet the CIA or whatever is suddenly going to find an investigation of Biden a worthwhile use of their resources and agents?

It will be politicized, like everything else Trump touches.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-22 02:11 PM | Reply

More bad news for America's security. Now we will see and hear only what helps Trump get reelected.

Do you recall, this is the kind of stuff that allowed 9/11 to happen.

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-22 02:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

We are more like China every month this man is in power.

#11 | Posted by e1g1 at 2020-05-22 04:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Do you recall, this is the kind of stuff that allowed 9/11 to happen.

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner

Have you read the book or watched "The Looming Tower" miniseries based on the book?

If not, I highly recommend it. Proof that 9/11 didn't have to happen.

#12 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-22 04:56 PM | Reply

Biden should purge anybody installed by Trump at any level... we need to wash away all the scummy residue of this administration.

#13 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-05-22 04:57 PM | Reply

we need to wash away all the scummy residue of this administration.

#13 | POSTED BY 503JC69

That's the insidious thing about this administration.

That taste of orange ----- is going to last for decades thanks to their stacking the courts with right wing loons.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-22 05:07 PM | Reply

Competence is soooop overrated anyways, right?

#15 | Posted by e1g1 at 2020-05-22 09:27 PM | Reply

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