Senate panel advances Ratcliffe nomination as intelligence chief

Representative John Ratcliffe, a Republican from Texas, speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing in Washington on May 5, 2020. 

Representative John Ratcliffe, a Republican from Texas, speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing in Washington on May 5, 2020. Photographer: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday advanced President Trump’s nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to be the next director of national intelligence. The vote was 8-7, along party lines.

Ratcliffe faced bipartisan criticism over his propensity toward right-wing conspiracies last year, and Trump eventually withdrew his nomination.

Ratcliffe was more dismissive of so-called “deep state” conspiracies during his nomination hearing this time around, and all eight Republicans on the committee voted in his favor.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he’d bring Ratcliffe’s nomination for a full Senate vote as soon as possible.

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