On Thursday, the Senate voted to confirm Representative John Ratcliffe (R-TX) as the next Director of National Intelligence.
Ratcliffe was approved on a 49-44 vote. The confirmation comes just as the intelligence community, once again, finds itself in the middle of a political firestorm over whether or not Trump associates had been improperly “unmasked” in intelligence reports during the final days of the Obama administration.
Ratcliffe’s nomination made it out of the Senate Intelligence Committee this week on a straight party-line vote of 8-7.
Democrats are not happy with the appointment, because Ratcliffe isn’t a partisan Democrat or establishment deep state type who will help them screw with Donald Trump. He’s no Christopher Wray, who cares more about protecting the establishment FBI than weeding out the scum.
“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,” Marco Rubio (R-FL), the acting Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman said in a statement on 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,” he continued.
Rubio added, “Director Ratcliffe understands this responsibility, and I am confident that he will fulfill all of the roles assigned to the DNI with integrity.”
Throughout his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Ratcliffe, vowed to senators that he’d deliver intelligence information without bias if confirmed for the job. Ratcliffe, who was one of Trump’s fiercest allies throughout the Democrat impeachment farce, stated he had the experience to be an unbiased leader of the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies, given his past work as a federal prosecutor.
“The best job I ever had was to be the United States attorney and what I loved…was it was an apolitical position,” Ratcliffe told the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month. “I stood up always to represent the United States of America. Never one party or another. And I very much view that as this role for the DNI.”
Ratcliffe additionally pledged to deliver “unvarnished,” truthful information to the president.
Ratcliffe gave assurances that he would stand up for whistleblowers in the intelligence community, amid heated debate over the treatment of a whistleblower whose complaint touched off impeachment proceedings. But that guy wasn’t a real whistleblower, at least not by the whistleblower statute.
“I want to make it very clear, if confirmed as DNI, every whistleblower — past, present, and future — will enjoy every protection under the law,” he said.
Ratcliffe was one of the biggest vocal critics of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s phony investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.