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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 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's (R-Texas) nomination to be the next director of national intelligence. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats go down to the wire with Manchin Schumer unloads on GOP over elections bill: 'How despicable of a man is Donald Trump?' This week: Senate set for voting rights fight 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.

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The vote will come less than a week after 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.) 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 CollinsPortman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting 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.

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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 WydenThe Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population Wyden warns: 'Today's fires are not your grandfather's wildfires' Hillicon Valley: Cyber agency says SolarWinds hack could have been deterred | Civil rights groups urge lawmakers to crack down on Amazon's 'dangerous' worker surveillance | Manchin-led committee puts forth sprawling energy infrastructure proposal 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.