WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 09: Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) queries Intelligence Committee Minority Counsel Stephen Castor and Intelligence Committee Majority Counsel Daniel Goldman in the course of the Household impeachment inquiry hearings in the Longworth Household Office Creating on Capitol Hill December 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. The listening to is getting held for the Judiciary Committee to formally receive evidence in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, whom Democrats say held again military aid for Ukraine when demanding they investigate his political rivals. The White House declared it would not participate in the hearing. (Picture by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Photos)
In what amounts to a dare to a immediate obstacle to Senate Republicans, President Trump declared that his select to head the intelligence group is the exact Republican congressman whose former bid for that occupation collapsed amid revelations that he misrepresented his background.
Trump said in a tweet that he was nominating Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas to be the director of national intelligence, calling the former federal prosecutor “an exceptional gentleman of fantastic expertise.”
Trump beforehand place forward Ratcliffe for the publish previous 12 months, but abruptly withdraw the nomination after Senate Republicans commenced to balk. Between the things was Ratcliffe’s boast on his site that he “place terrorists in jail when, as NBC Information claimed at the time, there is no proof he at any time prosecuted a terrorism scenario.
Ratcliffe, a member of the Dwelling Intelligence Committee, was amongst the most strident voices attacking the Russia investigation and advancing questionable notions, which includes asserting that “crimes had been committed throughout the Obama administration” in investigating Russian election interference.