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Pelosi blasts Trump pick: He has shown 'clear disrespect' for intel community

Pelosi blasts Trump pick: He has shown 'clear disrespect' for intel community
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House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.) issued a statement following President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE’s nomination of Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeProfiles in cowardice: Trump's Senate enablers Biden considering King for director of national intelligence: report Haspel not in attendance at latest Trump intelligence briefing: reports MORE (R-Texas) as director of national intelligence (DNI), saying he has shown “ a clear disrespect and distrust” of the intelligence community. 

Ratcliffe, a former U.S. prosecutor and member of both the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees, was one of the president’s fiercest defenders during former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's probe and the House impeachment hearings in the fall. 

In doing so, Ratcliffe was aggressive while questioning fact-witness career diplomats who testified before the Intelligence Committee regarding Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Republican members of the committee often yielded their time to Ratcliffe and Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanCheney, top GOP lawmakers ask Trump campaign for proof of election fraud New RSC chairman sees 'Trumpism' as future Sunday shows preview: Biden team gears up for transition, Trump legal battles continue and pandemic rages on MORE (R-Ohio), who questioned the diplomats' political motivations and furthered conspiracy theories, such as suggesting Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election.

“Intelligence should never be guided by partisanship or politics. Unfortunately, Congressman Ratcliffe has shown an unacceptable embrace of conspiracy theories and a clear disrespect and distrust of our law enforcement and intelligence patriots that disqualify him from leading America’s intelligence community,” Pelosi said in a statement.

Trump had initially nominated Ratcliffe in July, but withdrew from consideration weeks later amid media scrutiny that he exaggerated on his résumé, along with bipartisan concerns about his experience.

“Last summer, this nomination was withdrawn after revelations about Congressman Ratcliffe’s clear lack of qualifications and many misleading statements about his resume,” Pelosi added. “The President is now ignoring these many serious outstanding concerns and letting politics, not patriotism, guide our national security.”

Richard Grenell, who has served as U.S. ambassador to Germany, is acting DNI. Ratcliffe will head to the Senate for confirmation, and if approved, would succeed Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsBiden soars as leader of the free world Lobbying world President Trump: To know him is to 'No' him MORE, a former Indiana senator who was appointed at the beginning of the Trump administration and left in August 2019.

Updated: 8:53 p.m.