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 PelosiWe need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Florida Democrat hits administration over small business loan rollout The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update MORE (D-Calif.) issued a statement following President TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE’s nomination of Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeGOP presses for swift Ratcliffe confirmation to intel post Acting director of National Counterterrorism Center fired: report Acting director of national intelligence begins hiring freeze: 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 JordanTop conservatives pen letter to Trump with concerns on fourth coronavirus relief bill Justice IG pours fuel on looming fight over FISA court The relief bill and public broadcasting: A missed opportunity 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 CoatsWe weren't ready for a pandemic — imagine a crippling cyberattack GOP presses for swift Ratcliffe confirmation to intel post Experts report recent increase in Chinese group's cyberattacks 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.