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Senate panel schedules vote for Trump intel pick Ratcliffe for next week

Senate panel schedules vote for Trump intel pick Ratcliffe for next week
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The Senate Intelligence Committee will reportedly vote next week to confirm Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeFormer Trump officials eye bids for political office Grenell congratulates Buttigieg on becoming second openly gay Cabinet member Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official MORE (R-Texas) as the next Director of National Intelligence.

The panel will vote to confirm Ratcliffe on Tuesday, Reuters reported, citing congressional sources. The Hill has reached out to the committee for comment.

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE formally nominated the Republican congressman in March. The vote to confirm him is expected to be along party lines in the GOP-led committee, Reuters reported.

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Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrRick Scott caught in middle of opposing GOP factions Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks Republicans, please save your party MORE (R-N.C.), who stepped down as the panel's chairman this week amid an investigation into stock trades earlier this year, will vote to confirm Ratcliffe, sources told the wire service.

Ratcliffe has been in Congress since 2015 and is a member of both the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.

Senators will weigh his nomination after Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDemocrats worry Senate will be graveyard for Biden agenda Pro-Choice Caucus asks Biden to remove abortion fund restrictions from 2022 budget China has already infiltrated America's institutions MORE (D-Calif.) and Angus KingAngus KingSenate approves sweeping coronavirus measure in partisan vote The eight Democrats who voted 'no' on minimum wage Justice Democrats call moderates' votes against minimum wage hike 'unconscionable' MORE (I-Maine) wrote Ratcliffe this week asking him to clarify his position on torture.

“In both your written and your oral responses to Committee questions about torture, you have been evasive and noncommittal,” the senators wrote.

They added: “Your opinion on what does and does not constitute torture is critical to understanding how you will advise the President on policy issues related to detainee treatment. The DNI also oversees all of the nation’s intelligence agencies, and is therefore in a position to determine appropriate limits on interrogation activities."