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  • Republican lawmaker 'destroyed' latest impeachment inquiry witness argument: McCarthy

    10/22/2019 11:17:43 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 22 2019 | Charles Creitz
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Tuesday said a fellow Republican lawmaker deconstructed a key part of the latest Trump impeachment inquiry witness testimony in Tuesday's closed-door session. "In 90 seconds, we had John Ratcliffe destroy Taylor's whole argument." The questioning by Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican and member of both the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, was an important moment in the hearing, McCarthy claimed.
  • John Ratcliffe Discusses DOJ/FBI Expectations and SSCI Involvement in Blocking His DNI Nomination…

    09/09/2019 6:03:31 AM PDT · by Bratch · 16 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse/Last Refuge ^ | September 9, 2019 | sundance
    Representative John Ratcliffe was/is a key member of the House who has investigated the details of the DOJ and FBI intelligence abuse during the 2016 election.  Factually, Ratcliffe is one of only a few high-clearance House members who had seen all of the unredacted and classified documents associated with the DOJ and FBI activity. Representative Ratcliffe appears for a discussion with Maria Bartiromo and states his confidence that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will be indicted for lying to internal investigators.  Additionally, and perhaps more interestingly, Ratcliffe outlines how SSCI Chairman Richard Burr working together with Majority leader Mitch...
  • Trump pick for national intelligence director is withdrawing

    08/03/2019 12:58:29 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 21 replies
    apnews ^ | 8/3/2019 | MARY CLARE JALONICK and JONATHAN LEMIRE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick for national intelligence director, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, withdrew from consideration Friday after just five days as he faced growing questions about his experience and qualifications. The move underscored the uncertainty over his confirmation prospects. Democrats openly dismissed the Republican congressman as an unqualified partisan and Republicans offered only lukewarm and tentative expressions of support. The announcement will leave the intelligence community without a permanent, Senate-confirmed leader at a time when the U.S. government is grappling with North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, the prospect of war with Iran and the anticipated efforts of Russia...
  • Trump says Ratcliffe is no longer his pick for director of national intelligence

    08/02/2019 11:44:19 AM PDT · by Kevin C · 212 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/2/2019 | Allie Malloy and Kaitlan Collins
    President Donald Trump says Rep. John Ratcliffe will no longer be nominated as director of national intelligence to replace Dan Coats. "Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people 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...
  • In new attack, Trump says U.S. intelligence agencies 'run amok'

    07/30/2019 5:02:34 PM PDT · by Mariner · 28 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | July 30th, 2019 | By Jonathan Landay
    WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his choice for the next U.S. spy chief as someone who could "rein in" intelligence agencies that "have run amok," fueling concerns Trump seeks assessments that support his own views. Trump's choice of Republican Representative John Ratcliffe of Texas as the next director of national intelligence, has been greeted with scant enthusiasm by his fellow Republicans and charges by former intelligence officials and Democrats that he is unqualified and will frame intelligence to suit the president. Ratcliffe, a member of the House Intelligence Committee for six months, would...
  • Fox News Analyst Warns Trump Is 'Locking Down The Intelligence Community for His Purposes'

    07/29/2019 7:55:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Newsweek ^ | July 29, 2019 | Jason Lemon
    Mary Anne Marsh, a political analyst for Fox News, raised concerns on Monday that President Donald Trump appeared to be consolidating his control over the U.S. intelligence community with the nomination of GOP Representative John Ratcliffe to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence. "It's more about protecting Trump than America," Marsh, who previously served as a senior adviser to Democratic Senator John Kerry, warned during a segment of Fox News' America's Newsroom on Monday. "John Ratcliffe has been all over the investigate the investigators [probe], who's doing that right now? [Attorney General] Bill Barr, so Donald Trump has...
  • Trump’s intel pick collaborated with a fierce Russia foe

    07/29/2019 4:50:29 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | July 29, 2019 | Natasha Bertrand
    President Donald Trump’s new pick to lead the country’s vast intelligence apparatus fell into favor with the White House as a longtime, vocal critic of the Russia investigation and the officials who launched it. But John Ratcliffe, the congressman Trump has tapped to fight the “deep state” from within, has worked closely with one of the men Russian President Vladimir Putin wants most to see in prison: Bill Browder, an American-born businessman who has been on a decade-long campaign to expose Russian corruption. Ratcliffe was one of our lawyers at Ashcroft dealing with the fallout from Magnitsky,” Browder told POLITICO...
  • Representative John Ratcliffe Responds to ODNI Nomination

    07/29/2019 2:26:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | July 29, 2019 | Sundance
    Representative John Ratcliffe tweets a statement after President Trump announces his nomination for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI): There has been some speculation that ODNI Dan Coats needed to step aside because he was refusing to comply with the declassification process.  It’s worth waiting to see if that assumption is accurate, or if the speculation is unfounded.  However, there is validity to the speculation based on the structure of how executive declassification is done.Declassification of intelligence is a process, and each person -within the executive branch- inside the intelligence agency must agree to the process.  Technically...
  • Soft Coup and Impeachment Crew React to Removal of Dan Coats…

    07/29/2019 1:08:57 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 34 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | July 29, 2019 | Sundance
    A summary review of the DOJ and FBI insider group; those who were behind the 2016 election effort to block and then remove Donald Trump from office; reveals they are generally unhappy with ODNI Dan Coats being removed... Their basic disposition is one of anxiety to see Dan Coats being removed; and considerable concern that Representative John Ratcliffe will replace him... (they seem to be) collectively hoping that Coats’ Principal Deputy Director Sue Gordon will replace the director
  • John Ratcliffe: AG William Barr will deliver justice to any Obama officials who committed crimes

    07/29/2019 6:41:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 100 replies ^ | July 28, 2019 02:54 PM | Updated Jul 28, 2019, 06:22 PM | by Daniel Chaitin & Jerry Dunleavy
    A top Republican investigator said accountability is coming for any of those individuals who may have committed crimes during the Trump-Russia investigation. With the Justice Department conducting a review of that operation, Rep. John Ratcliffe said during a Fox News interview Sunday that he trusts Attorney General William Barr and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to provide answers. And while Ratcliffe said he does not want to prematurely accuse any specific person of a crime — as Democrats have done with President Trump — he stressed that it is clear crimes were committed by people during the Obama administration,...
  • John Ratcliffe of Texas will be nominated to be the Director of National Intelligence.

    07/28/2019 3:06:22 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 76 replies
    Twitter @realDonaldTrump ^ | July 28, 2019 | Donald J. Trump ‏
    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. 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.
  • Dan Coats to leave post as Trump selects Rep. John Ratcliffe as replacement (trunc)

    07/28/2019 2:14:57 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 21 replies
    Fox ^ | July 28, 2019 | Gregg Re
    Dan Coats to leave post as director of national intelligence as Trump selects Rep. John Ratcliffe as replacement President Trump on Sunday announced that Texas GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe, a staunch White House ally, will replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence (DNI), following months of speculation and public spats between the president and 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. "A former U.S. Attorney, John will lead and inspire greatness for the Country he loves,"...
  • Trump expected to nominate Texas GOP lawmaker to replace Dan Coats: report

    07/28/2019 12:58:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 28, 2019 | Justine Wise
    President Trump is reportedly expected to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to replace Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. Axios, citing three people familiar with the president's deliberations, reported on the development on Sunday. The news outlet noted that Trump was especially enthusiastic by Ratcliffe's questioning of former special counsel Robert Mueller during his congressional testimony last week. Ratcliffe denounced some of the findings in Mueller's report during a House Judiciary Committee hearing, saying that it wasn't Mueller's job to "conclusively determine Donald Trump's innocence." "I agree with Chairman Nadler this morning when he said Donald Trump is not above...
  • Rep. John Ratcliffe Exposes Weissmann and Mueller’s Twisted Interpretation of DOJ Rules

    07/26/2019 7:43:47 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | July 24, 2019 | sundance
    Representative John Ratcliffe questions how Robert Mueller presented an investigative finding with no evidence of guilt, yet simultaneously states the investigation “would not exonerate” the President.  Ratcliffe crushed the construct of Mueller and left the biased special counsel speechless and jaw-agape.  WATCH: “Donald Trump is not above the law, but he damned sure also shouldn’t be below the law”…
  • Rep. John Ratcliffe To Mueller: Who Said It Was Your Job To Declare Non-Exonerations?

    07/24/2019 11:00:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/24/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    Frankly, I’m surprised it took as long as it did for a Republican on the House Judiciary to get to this obvious point. Rep. John Ratcliffe went to the heart of an assumption made by Robert Mueller, his report, and House Democrats on the approach taken in regard to Donald Trump, especially on obstruction. The report addresses Trump’s culpability from the perspective of requiring positive exoneration from charges of committing crimes. Ratcliffe wonders where Mueller found that in the job description of any prosecutor: Rep. John Ratcliffe asks if Mueller can cite an example besides Trump where the DOJ...
  • Congressman Ratcliffe Rips Mueller For Making Up a Bogus Standard of Guilt for President Trump

    07/24/2019 9:27:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 65 replies ^ | July 24, 2019 | Katie Pavlich
    On Wednesday morning, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee about his 448-page report. It was released to the public in April after a two-year-long investigation. Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe didn't waste any time with his brief, five minute questioning period and ripped Mueller for making up a standard of guilt only applicable to President Trump. "Now your report, and today you said that, 'All times the Special Counsel team operated under, was guided by, and followed Justice Department policies and principles,' so which DOJ policy or principle sets forth a legal standard...
  • WATCH LIVE: Robert Mueller testifies on his report, Trump and Russia

    07/24/2019 5:39:29 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 1,935 replies
    Need a master class on the Mueller report before Robert Mueller testifies before Congress? Join PBS NewsHour correspondent and producer William Brangham, senior broadcast producer Mike Melia and digital politics editor and senior writer Daniel Bush on July 24 as they answer questions and walk viewers through the Russia investigation and Mueller's findings. The livestream kicks off at 7:40 a.m. EDT with a breakdown of the major findings and moments from Mueller's report. Between deep dives on parts of the report, your hosts will answer select questions from the live chat and social media. To ask a question, use our...
  • Rep. John Ratcliffe Says FISA Abuse Investigation Is Complete

    07/02/2019 8:18:50 PM PDT · by bitt · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/1/2019 | chuck ross
    Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe said Monday that the Justice Department inspector general has finished his investigation into whether the FBI abused the surveillance court system during its investigation of the Trump campaign. In an interview on Fox News, Ratcliffe said that he met in June with the inspector general, Michael Horowitz, to discuss the timing, but not the content, of the release of the report. “He related that his team’s investigative work is complete,” said Ratcliffe, a Republican member of the House Intelligence and House Judiciary Committees. “They are now in the process of drafting the report. I would...
  • Ratcliffe: James Comey “under investigation for violations of the espionage act”?…

    05/12/2019 7:59:39 PM PDT · by bitt · 32 replies
    If this were anyone except Judiciary Committee member John Ratcliffe, it would be easier to ignore…. but it’s not. John Ratcliffe is a very tempered and deliberate voice; he has a strong reputation in DC and doesn’t speak in riddles, hype, or disingenuous terms. During an interview with Maria Bartiromo discussing the recent comments by former FBI Director James Comey, Ratcliffe replied [Must Watch at 04:10 ]: (video) [@04:10] “Gosh, y’ know, as I listen to that, Jim Comey is proud and wouldn’t change a thing? Really? He’s proud that he put Peter Strzok in charge of investigating Donald Trump?...
  • Lisa Page bombshell: FBI couldn’t find proof of Trump-Russia collusion before Mueller named

    09/17/2018 6:21:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies via Q ^ | 4:06 AM - 16 Sep 2018 | John Solomon
    To date, Lisa Page’s infamy has been driven mostly by the anti-Donald Trump text messages she exchanged with fellow FBI agent Peter Strzok as the two engaged in an affair while investigating the president for alleged election collusion with Russia. Yet, when history judges the former FBI lawyer years from now, her most consequential pronouncement may not have been typed on her bureau-issued Samsung smartphone to her colleague and lover. Rather, it might be eight simple words she uttered behind closed doors during a congressional interview a few weeks ago. “It’s a reflection of us still not knowing,” Page told...