Trump’s pick for intelligence chief grilled in confirmation hearing

Trump to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe again as intel chief - POLITICO

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), President Trump’s nominee to be his next intelligence chief, promised during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he would “speak truth to power.”

Ratcliffe said he would resist attempts by anyone, including Trump, to get him to tweak intelligence for partisan purposes, saying he would provide intelligence that “will not be altered or impacted by outside influence.”

Democrats grilled Ratcliffe on his experience, noting that he withdrew last summer shortly after his nomination following criticism that he embellished his resume and accused a whistleblower of making “false statements” about Trump’s controversial phone call last year with the president of Ukraine.

The confirmation hearing was the first to be held under the coronavirus lockdown.

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