Senate confirms Ratcliffe as intelligence director

The Senate narrowly confirmed Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as the new director of national intelligence on Thursday.

The 49-44 vote fell along party lines, as did the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Tuesday decision to submit the nomination to the full Senate for a final vote.

Ratcliffe withdrew after President Trump first nominated him last year as he faced bipartisan opposition over his lack of counterterrorism experience, exaggerated immigration enforcement record, and apparent support for right-wing conspiracy theories.

In his second run at the job, Ratcliffe was more dismissive of so-called “deep state” conspiracies, and all Republicans united behind his nomination.

Ratcliffe will take over for acting DNI Richard Grenell, who began filling in after the departure of Joseph Maguire.

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