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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 RatcliffeCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Five things to know about the new spotlight on UFOs Extraordinary explanations for UFOs look increasingly plausible 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 TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster 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 BurrBurr on 'unusual' Trump endorsement in NC Senate race: 'I can't tell you what motivates him' Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle 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 FeinsteinProgressive groups ramp up pressure on Feinstein Youth climate activists march outside California homes of Pelosi and Feinstein Cosmetic chemicals need a makeover MORE (D-Calif.) and Angus KingAngus KingCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Biden struggles to detail post-withdrawal Afghanistan plans Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle 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."