The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm Rep. John Ratcliffe as the next director of national intelligence. Ratcliffe, R-Texas, was approved on a 49-44 vote. The installment comes as the intelligence community once again finds itself in the middle of a political firestorm, over whether Trump associates were improperly "unmasked" in intelligence reports during the latter days of the Obama administration.
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“The DNI’s role is crucial to our national security, and I look forward to working with Director Ratcliffe as he oversees the efforts of our nation’s 17 intelligence agencies," acting Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said in a statement Thursday. "In a time when the threats to our nation are many and varied, it is critical to have a Senate-confirmed DNI ensuring the wide array of intelligence agencies are sharing information across lines, coordinating capabilities, and working in the furtherance of our nation’s security using 21st century, cutting edge capabilities."
THIS is John Ratcliffe.— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) May 21, 2020
Our new Director of National Intelligence exposed Robert Mueller as an utter fraud in a four minute savage beat down for the history books. It's worth another look.pic.twitter.com/kEMeCXkT0M
The Senate just confirmed John Ratcliffe as the next Director of National Intelligence. He was an exceptional colleague in the House and he’s highly capable of being a great DNI. Thank you to @RichardGrenell for being fearless, smart & determined as an amazing Acting DNI!— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) May 21, 2020
LMAO. Richard Grenell has exposed so much of the swamp, Democrats sped up John Ratcliffe's nomination for DNI.— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) May 21, 2020
Trump played EVERYONE.
Congratulations to my good friend John Ratcliffe on his confirmation as Director of National Intelligence. John is a fair, honest man, and I am certain he will make an excellent DNI. Some more thoughts below! pic.twitter.com/odryVvzxqr— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) May 21, 2020
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