Dan Coats was never our top pick to head the Intelligence community but while we disagreed with his politics he did a credible job running the agency. Now Tyrant Trump, in his continuing slow-rolling bit take over of the US Government. is going to try an install his flunkey John Ratcliffe to replace Dan Coats as intelligence chief
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, among many others, called Coats’ resignation “bad news for the security of America”
Trump announced in a tweet Sunday that Dan Coats will step down as the director of national intelligence on August 15. In his place, Trump will nominate far-out conspiracy theorist John Ratcliffe a republican congressman from Texas, to head the intelligence community.
“I am pleased to announce that “highly respected”(?) Congressman John Ratcliffe of Texas will be nominated by me to be the Director of National Intelligence,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “A former U.S. Attorney, John will lead and inspire greatness for the country he loves. Dan Coats, the current Director, will be leaving office on August 15th. I would like to thank Dan for his great service to our Country. The Acting Director will be named shortly.”
In a resignation letter submitted Sunday, Coats said he had overseen the reauthorization of surveillance rules allowing the U.S. to collect the online communications of foreigners outside of the country, addressed threats to U.S. elections and improved the intelligence community’s budget processes. Things that Trump isn’t the least bit interested in.
“The intelligence community is stronger than ever and increasingly well prepared to meet new challenges and opportunities,” Coats said. “I believe it is time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life.”
Coats, a former ambassador and conservative Republican senator from Indiana, spent his tenure in the administration publicly at odds with Trump on issues such as Russian election interference, North Korea, climate change and the capability of terrorist groups, particularly ISIS. He reportedly considered stepping down in February over his frustrations with Trump but Vice President Mike Pence, who is said to be one of his closest allies in the administration, persuaded him to remain in the role.
Late on Sunday, kiss up Ratcliffe tweeted that he was “deeply grateful” to Trump for “the opportunity to lead our Nation’s intelligence community and work on behalf of all the public servants who are tirelessly devoted to defending the security and safety of the United States.”
Ratcliffe’s nomination follows his audition of extremely aggressive questioning of Robert Mueller during the former special counsel’s congressional testimony last week.
A former prosecutor and staunch Trump ally, Ratcliffe garnered praise from Trump’s allies for his over the top grilling of Mueller
House and Senate leaders in both parties appeared rattled at the news that Coats was stepping down. Democrats condemned Trump’s pick, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., stating Coats’ resignation “is bad news for the security of America.” Even “Moscow Mitch” McConnell said he was “very sorry to learn” that Coats would be leaving his job. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., vehemently denounced Trump’s plan to nominate Ratcliffe to replace Coats. “It’s clear that Ratcliffe was selected because he exhibited blind loyalty to Trump with his demagogic questioning of former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III,” Schumer said in a statement. “If Senate Republicans elevate such a partisan player to a position that requires intelligence expertise and nonpartisanship, it would be a big mistake.”
Ratcliffe’s suck-up performance in the Mueller hearing earned him attention among Trump and other Republicans, But Ratcliffe had also been on Trump’s short-list to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions before he ultimately chose another total lackey William Barr.
Trump has been wanting to replace Coats since at least February. Coats has drawn Trump’s ire more than once for not defending him publicly on matters of national security and foreign affairs. He was famously caught off guard during an on-stage interview at last year’s Aspen Security Form when he appeared visibly surprised by an announcement that Trump was planning on inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington.
“Say that again?” Coats quipped to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “That is going to be special.” That really pissed Trump off.
In January, Trump lashed out his top intelligence officials after they testified about their assessments of worldwide threats to U.S. national security, which presented significant differences with his own views.
“Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!” Trump tweeted at the time.
Post Based Info from Politico, Raw story, MSNBC, and Salon