Washington Post report raises questions about record of Trump's DNI pick

Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeHillicon Valley: YouTube disables 200+ accounts over Hong Kong misinformation | Lawmakers sound alarm over Chinese influence efforts | DHS cyber agency details priorities | State AGs get tough on robocalls | DOJ busts online scammers Lawmakers sound alarm on China's disinformation campaign in Hong Kong President Trump is right: Mainstream media 'do a very good job' MORE's (R-Texas) claim that he led the arrest of more than 300 undocumented immigrants in a single day has come under scrutiny following his nomination to serve as President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE's next director of national intelligence.

A Washington Post investigation found that those involved with the workplace raid described on the Texas Republican's campaign website say that Ratcliffe had little or no involvement in the raid, which was not nearly as successful as the congressman described.


“At the end of the day, it did not deliver,” one former investigator involved in the 2008 raid told the Post. “It was the biggest waste of money and hype.”

Just 45 people were charged as a result of the raid, according to the Post report, far lower than the figure cited on Ratcliffe's website. His site says the lawmaker "led one of the nation’s largest worksite enforcement actions — resulting in the arrest of more than 300 illegal aliens in a single day."

A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso, Texas, said that Ratcliffe's characterization of his role in the raid sounded wrong.

“No, that doesn’t sound factual. That sounds incorrect,” she told the Post after reading the description his campaign wrote.

“The name doesn’t ring a bell,” she added of the congressman.

A spokeswoman for Ratcliffe pointed to a press release detailing the congressman's involvement in an operation that she said led to the raid as a U.S. attorney when contacted by The Hill.

Other questions about whether the congressman has padded his biography have also been raised by Senate Democrats in recent days, throwing his nomination into question.

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