Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas., asks questions to former special counsel Robert Mueller, as he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
On Sunday, President Trump informed Dan Coats, via Twitter, that he was stepping down as Director of National Intelligence. I happen to think that is a manifestly good thing as I see Coats as being part of the problem within the intelligence community in that it has become to incestuous and too beholden to Washington groupthink, and by that I mean Democrat party groupthink, to be a reliable force for defending the nation (see Dan Coats Has Been Booted As Director of National Intelligence and That Is A Very Good Thing). Simultaneously, he announced the nomination of Texas Representative John Ratcliffe to be Coats’ successor. This appointment, I thought to be an inspired one. The intelligence community is at ground zero of John Durham’s criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia hoax and while Coats would be certain to do everything within his power to protect the cretins who helped create the hoax, Ratcliffe would ensure that no stone was left unturned in rooting out the participants in what can only be viewed as an attempted soft coup against the President of the United States.
The hastiness of the nomination had a price attached to it. Ratcliffe was hammered by a wide variety of allegations that he’d puffed up his resume and that he was lazy and detached from committee work. He hadn’t been vetted and there was no strategy to defend him. And that price was paid today.
….John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country. I will be announcing my nomination for DNI shortly.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2019
It’s a shame, because President Trump needs someone at DNI whom he can trust to tell him the truth. Right now he doesn’t have that because the agency is so deeply mired in the Russia hoax that Trump would be a fool to actually trust them.
I called this out earlier in the week. Trump makes announcement on Twitter—White House has no strategy in place to defend Ratcliffe and push back against what they KNEW would be a full-on media assault against the guy. He’s left to defend himself as media goes into overdrive… https://t.co/EIeGLsbeGL
— Julie Kelly (@julie_kelly2) August 2, 2019