Trump abandons plan to nominate John Ratcliffe to replace Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence.

By |2019-08-02T13:16:39-08:00August 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |7 Comments

Courtesy of NYT:

President Trump on Friday abruptly dropped his plan to nominate Representative John Ratcliffe, Republican of Texas, as the nation’s top intelligence official, following bipartisan questions about his qualifications and concern over whether he had exaggerated his résumé.

Mr. Ratcliffe, an outspoken supporter of Mr. Trump, has come under intense scrutiny since the president declared Sunday on Twitter that the lawmaker was his pick to succeed Dan Coats, who is stepping down as director of national intelligence on Aug. 15. The selection generated scant enthusiasm among senators of both parties who would have decided whether to confirm him.

Mr. Trump’s announcement that Mr. Ratcliffe would not be his nominee after all, also made on Twitter, spoke bitterly of the attention that Mr. Ratcliffe’s overstated claims about his experience as a federal prosecutor quickly received from the news media.

The announcement was another reversal for the president and underscored the recurring dysfunction in the White House vetting process that has plagued the administration. Mr. Ratcliffe joined a long list of Trump appointees who have had to pull their names after the president announced his plans to put them in powerful posts without a full picture of potentially disqualifying details.

Mr. Trump’s long and growing list of reversals on nominations, according to people who have been involved in the vetting process, is the product of the president’s own desire to announce names before they have undergone even a preliminary vet by the office of presidential personnel. Adding to the mix is that Mr. Trump often is undeterred by information that would typically be seen as disqualifying, according to people who have spoken with him.

Donald Trump cares only about one quality and that is the nominee’s ability to kiss his ass while also subverting the agency they are in charge of to his will. 

They can be a foreign spy, a wife beater, a criminal, a pedophile, and none of that makes a bit of difference. 

All that matter is that they do what Trump tells them to do, when Trump tells them to do it. 

So at least for now, America’s intelligence agencies are not completely under Trump’s control.

In order for them to stay that way the Senate needs to reject every nominee that Trump puts forward. 

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  1. In Alaska August 2, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    But Alaska gets this second round of the ‘RaTfuck corrupt bastards club’ Looks just like his daddy…

    Alaska’s Corrupt Bastards Club
    The name “Corrupt Bastards Club” has been widely used to designate Alaska legislators implicated in a massive ongoing federal corruption investigation.

    A separate investigation of Alaska’s fisheries industry involving Republican Senator Ted Stevens and his son Ben is expected to snag many high-profile fisheries executives and their cronies in Alaska and Seattle.

    Congressman Don Young has reported nearly $2 million in legal bills – and he hasn’t even been arrested – yet.

    Former governor Sarah Palin has had 21 ethics complaints filed against her.

  2. Anonymous August 2, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Well since trump depends on the the media to do the vetting process because “it saves a lot of money” how can he complain they were unfair?

    He was treated harshly because he LIED?

    Lying Lazy Trump Doesn’t Vet; Likes Press To Vet For Him

    The thin-skinned WH resident who hates the press, for some reason trusts that same press to vet his nominees for cabinet positions. Makes about as much sense as anything else.

    TRUMP: No, you vet for me. I like when you vet. No, no, YOU vet. I think the White House has a great vetting process. Uh, you vet for me. When I give a name, I give it out to the press, and you vet for me. A lot of times you do a very good job. Not always.

    ALCINDOR: What does that say about the WHITE HOUSE vetting process?

    TRUMP: I think the — if you look at it, I mean if you take a look at it, the vetting process for the White House is very good. But you’re part of the vetting process, you know. I give out a name to the press and they vet for me. We save a lot of money that way. But in the case of John, I really believe that he was being treated very harshly and very unfairly.

  3. Anonymous August 2, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    So all we need to do to get qualified people appointed is have them mentioned on FOX news?

  4. Anon August 2, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    This is a perfect position for Sarah.

    Trump should nominate her.

    • Open Minded August 3, 2019 at 2:06 am


  5. OK August 3, 2019 at 7:58 am

    A full vet was not done on Ratcliffe, source familiar with the DNI selection process says. The source compared Ratcliffe to selection of Dr. Ronny Jackson for VA Secretary: both men were selected by Trump after performing to his liking on TV. But they weren’t properly vetted.

    Ratcliffe was doomed by Republican senators

  6. Anonymous August 4, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Did he find someone even more offensive and less qualified?

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