John Ratcliffe faces Senate during confirmation hearing from Director of National Intelligence


Members of the Senate Special Intelligence Committee met in teams Tuesday morning to hear President Trump’s candidate for National Intelligence Director (DNI), Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe of Texas.

The high-stakes confirmation hearing, which was limited in size to allow for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, came as the work of the American intelligence community was repeatedly featured in the headlines by persistent and often politically charged questions about the origin of the epidemic. .

Ratcliffe withdrew his nomination after being selected for the role by Mr. Trump for the first time last August, in part due to the scrutiny of his media’s qualifications – some of which appeared to be overestimated. He should answer questions, particularly from skeptical Democrats, about why he is better prepared for the role now than he was eight months ago.


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