Trump formally sends Ratcliffe nomination for DNI to Senate

Trump formally sends Ratcliffe nomination for DNI to Senate
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE formally sent his nomination for Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeFlynn urged Russian diplomat to have 'reciprocal' response to Obama sanctions, new transcripts show READ: Newly declassified transcripts of Flynn calls with Russia ambassador Intel chief Ratcliffe declassifies transcripts of Flynn calls 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 CoatsGerman lawmaker, US ambassador to Germany trade jabs Intelligence agencies have hired outside consultants to improve communication with Trump: report Senate confirms Ratcliffe to be Trump's spy chief 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 Pelosi Sunday shows preview: Leaders weigh in as country erupts in protest over George Floyd death 5 things to know about US-China tensions over Hong Kong Pelosi calls Trump's decision to withdraw US from WHO 'an act of extraordinary senselessness' 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 MaguireTop intel official leaving post Grenell announces creation of intelligence community 'cyber executive' Ratcliffe refuses to say whether Russian election interference favored Trump 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.