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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Trump tapped right-wing extremist/DJT loyalist Rep. John Ratcliffe to replace Dan Coats as national intelligence director.

He was chosen for staunchly supporting DJT against special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russiagate witch hunt, endearing himself to the president for remarks like the following:

“You (Mueller) wrote 180 pages about decisions that weren’t reached, about potential crimes that weren’t charged or decided…By doing that, you managed to violate every principle and the most sacred of traditions about prosecutors.”

In 2016, the hard-right Heritage Foundation called him the most conservative Texas congressman, second most right-wing one in the House.

National security/intelligence expert, former CIA and State Department analyst Mel Goodman called Ratcliffe “a political ideologue, a political loyalist, and a substantive know-nothing.”

After his nomination, Ratcliffe said he intended to go after “crimes” behind Russiagate, “crimes committed during the Obama” regime.

His CIA director John Brennan invented the hoax, accountability never forthcoming. CIA officials and operatives are untouchable no matter what they do. 

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell praised outgoing DNI Coats, saying nothing about Ratcliffe in his remarks, indicating lukewarm support at most.

Trump chose a loyalist to serve his interests. Fearing a hostile Senate confirmation process by anti-Trump Dems for his scant intelligence background and other disturbing factors, Ratcliffe withdrew his name from consideration.

Trump tweeted the following: “…Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media. 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.”

He “decided to stay in Congress…I will be announcing (another) nomination for DNI shortly.”

An unnamed GOP source said senior Trump regime officials had “deep reservations” about Ratcliffe’s nomination because of his lack of intelligence experience, blind loyalty to Trump, and padding his resume.

He was accused of overstating his prosecutorial background when serving as Eastern District of Texas attorney general.

Among other dubious claims, he said he arrested “over 300 illegal immigrants in a single day.” Reportedly he had a 2008 subordinate role in actions against 45 individuals.

His website also falsely claimed that he tried suspects accused of providing Hamas with money — its members falsely accused of being members of a terrorist organization at the behest of Israel. The Big Lie persists.

A Ratcliffe aide said he investigated side issues related to a mistrial, prosecuting no one. Given his easily refuted background claims and other factors, he withdrew from consideration to avoid bruising confirmation scrutiny, discrediting him.

In withdrawing his name, he tweeted: “…I do not wish for a national security and intelligence debate surrounding my confirmation…to become a purely political and partisan issue.”

Another nominee will be chosen. Trump will try getting another loyalist as DNI.

Whoever’s in charge, the US intelligence community continues to push the myth about Russian US election meddling and national security threats when the only ones around are invented because no real ones exist.

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.