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Trump formally sends Ratcliffe nomination for DNI to Senate

Trump formally sends Ratcliffe nomination for DNI to Senate
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President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE formally sent his nomination for Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeTrump alumni launch America First Policy Institute Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye two-part infrastructure push; Michigan coronavirus cases surge Former Trump officials eye bids for political office MORE (R-Texas) to become the director of national intelligence (DNI) to the Senate Monday.

Ratcliffe had previously been considered to take on the head intelligence role, but he withdrew after public scrutiny over his experience. The representative currently sits on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees and played a role in the House impeachment inquiry.

He would replace Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsExperts see 'unprecedented' increase in hackers targeting electric grid Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump Lack of cyber funds in Biden infrastructure plan raises eyebrows MORE, who resigned last July. The position has been filled in an acting capacity since then.

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Time has not changed the criticism of Ratcliffe among Democrats, with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Gaetz, Greene tout push to oust Cheney: 'Maybe we're the leaders' Free Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech MORE (D-Calif.) condemning the representative for showing “a clear disrespect and distrust” of the intelligence community. 

Last week, Trump tapped Richard Grenell to fill in for acting DNI Joseph MaguireJoseph MaguireJudge dismisses Nunes's defamation suit against Washington Post Retired Navy admiral behind bin Laden raid says he voted for Biden Congressional Democrats request FBI briefing on foreign election interference efforts MORE, who was reportedly pushed out after a senior DNI official briefed the House Intelligence Committee on Russian efforts to help the president get reelected. Later reports said the briefer may have overstated the threat.

Critics also denounced the president for choosing Grenell to fill the acting position, saying he based his decision to appoint the former U.S. spokesman at the United Nations on loyalty instead of experience.