Senate Intel Committee to vote Tuesday on Ratcliffe's DNI nomination
The Senate Intelligence Committee will vote Tuesday on Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeHouse panels open review of Capitol riot Edward Snowden, the media, and the Espionage Act Overnight Defense: Top US general meets with Taliban | House panel launches probe into cyberattack | Army to issue face masks for soldiers in 2021 MORE's (R-Texas) nomination to be the next director of national intelligence.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump Rove: Chances of conviction rise if Giuliani represents Trump in Senate impeachment trial Boebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report 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 BurrOfficials discussing 25th Amendment for Trump following violence at Capitol GOP senator says Trump 'bears responsibility' for Capitol riot Republican infighting on election intensifies 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 CollinsImpeachment trial tests Trump's grip on Senate GOP 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time 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 WydenBiden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 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.