Senate Intel Committee to vote Tuesday on Ratcliffe's DNI nomination

Senate Intel Committee to vote Tuesday on Ratcliffe's DNI nomination
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The Senate Intelligence Committee will vote Tuesday on Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeHillicon Valley: Twitter tightens rules before election | Intelligence chief briefed lawmakers on foreign influence threats | Democrats launch inquiry into Pentagon's moves on a national 5G network The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems ruffle feathers with POTUS fitness bill The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Debate chaos as Trump balks at virtual format MORE's (R-Texas) nomination to be the next director of national intelligence. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Schumer labels McConnell's scheduled coronavirus stimulus vote as 'a stunt' Pelosi gives White House 48-hour deadline for coronavirus stimulus deal MORE (R-Ky.) announced the committee vote from the floor on Monday.

"This role is essential for monitoring and countering evolving threats from Russia to China to terrorist groups and for ensuring the intelligence community's important work is not tainted by partisan bias or political weaponization," McConnell said.


The vote will come less than a week after Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrAs Trump downplayed the virus publicly, memo based on private briefings sparked stock sell-offs: NYT Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Bipartisan representatives demand answers on expired surveillance programs MORE (R-N.C.) stepped down as chairman of the Intelligence Committee pending the outcome of a federal investigation into stock sales the GOP senator made earlier this month.

McConnell did not say during his speech who he would name to succeed Burr, but he told Fox News last week that he would name his replacement "sometime soon."

Ratcliffe is expected to narrowly win a favorable recommendation from the Intelligence Committee after Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Collins PAC donated hundreds of dollars to two candidates who support QAnon Republicans increasingly seek distance from Trump MORE (R-Maine) said earlier this month that she would support his nomination.

"I interviewed him at great length over the phone when we were out of Washington," Collins told The Hill. "I asked him then and again yesterday a series of tough questions about whether he would be independent, present unvarnished analysis to the president and Congress, and he said he would."

Republicans hold a one-seat majority on the Intelligence Committee. No Democrat has said they will vote for Ratcliffe.


Democrats said during Ratcliffe's confirmation hearing that he did not directly answer their questions.

"He was ... very well briefed but I just don't see any evidence that he's going to speak truth to power," Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenFCC to move forward with considering executive order targeting tech's liability shield Top Democrats call for watchdog to review Trump Medicare drug cards On The Money: Trump says talks on COVID-19 aid are now 'working out' | Pelosi shoots down piecemeal approach | Democrats raise questions about Trump tax audits MORE (D-Ore.) told reporters after the hearing.

Trump initially said last year that he intended to nominate Ratcliffe to the post, but the Texas congressman withdrew his name from consideration amid reports that he inflated his résumé.

He's gained a reputation as a loyalist to Trump, including serving as part of a group of House Republicans who were advisers to the president's impeachment team.