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 RatcliffeFlynn urged Russian diplomat to have 'reciprocal' response to Obama sanctions, new transcripts show READ: Newly declassified transcripts of Flynn calls with Russia ambassador Intel chief Ratcliffe declassifies transcripts of Flynn calls MORE's (R-Texas) nomination to be the next director of national intelligence. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe Overnight Health Care: Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO | Cuomo: NYC on track to start reopening week of June 8 | COVID-19 workplace complaints surge 10 things to know today about coronavirus 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 BurrFISA 'reform': Groundhog Day edition Rubio: Coronavirus conspiracy theories could be used in foreign election misinformation campaigns Justice Department closing stock investigations into Loeffler, Inhofe, Feinstein 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 CollinsDemocrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits | House Republicans introduce bill to speed mining projects for critical minerals | Watchdog faults EPA communications in contamination of NC river The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities 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 WydenOn The Money: Senate Dems pump brakes on new stimulus checks | Trump officials sued over tax refunds | Fed to soon open small-business lending program Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks Voting rights, public health officials roll out guidelines to protect voters from COVID-19 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.