McConnell says he hasn't made decision on Trump's Intel nominee

McConnell says he hasn't made decision on Trump's Intel nominee
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMemorial Day weekend deals latest economic blow to travel industry Senate Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Planned Parenthood loans On The Money: Jobless rate exceeds 20 percent in three states | Senate goes on break without passing small business loan fix | Biden pledges to not raise taxes on those making under 0K MORE (R-Ky.) indicated Monday that he has not decided whether he will support Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffee's nomination to be the next director of national intelligence (DNI). 
 
“I'm waiting to see how the committee process goes. I'm certainly not opposed to him but I want to see how he does before the committee and get a report from Chairman Burr and the rest of them," McConnell said. 
 
McConnell's comments, made to CNN, were confirmed by a spokesman. 
 
McConnell also weighed in on Ratcliffe's nomination during a speech from the Senate floor Monday, saying he was "glad" the administration was sending an individual up to be evaluated by the Senate. 
 
"I hope Congressman Ratcliffe will impress senators, just as did the other members of the President’s team, and earn a bipartisan confirmation vote. I trust Chairman Burr and our colleagues on the Intelligence Committee will oversee a prompt and fair confirmation process and I look forward to meeting the nominee myself," he added. 

 
The decision came more than six months after Trump announced, then pulled Ratcliffe's first nomination to the post amid a lukewarm reception from Republican senators and questions on whether he inflated his resume. 
 
Ratcliffe is expected to face a razor thin margin as he tries to get confirmed in the Senate. Republicans control 53 seats and he'll need a simple majority. 
 
 
"Rep. Ratcliffe ... is a three-term Tea Party congressman. He has shown extreme partisanship in the House. He lacks the experience required to lead a community of 17 intelligence agencies. Because the experience Mr. Ratcliffe does have in Congress has been alarmingly partisan," he added. 
 
If all Democrats oppose Ratcliffe's nomination on the Senate floor, he can lose three Republican senators and still be confirmed by having Vice President Pence break a tie. 
 
 
"I talked to Chairman Burr about it today and he's supportive and I expect to be supportive and I believe he can be confirmed," Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenators weigh traveling amid coronavirus ahead of Memorial Day GOP senators: More relief needed now Top Republican says Trump greenlit budget fix for VA health care MORE (R-Mo.), a member of leadership and the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters. 
 
Burr separately told CNN that he's "supportive of John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeGrenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin: More COVID-19 congressional action ahead Senate confirms Ratcliffe to be Trump's spy chief MORE. That’s what the statement said. Period.”
 
 
Asked if Burr is supporting Ratcliffe's nomination, a spokeswoman pointed back to his statement from Friday. 

Burr didn't specifically indicate during his statement last week that he would support Ratcliffe's nomination but said that he would "look forward to receiving Congressman Ratcliffe’s official nomination and ushering it through the Senate’s regular order.”