Reports are claiming that the long rumored replacement for DNI Dan Coats will be GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe, who has played a prominent role in the House investigation of the Russia Hoax. As a former US Attorney (ED Texas) Ratcliffe was especially active and effective in questioning witnesses. The Hill has one of the more extensive accounts: Trump expected to nominate Texas GOP lawmaker to replace Dan Coats: report.
On its face, I tend to favor this idea at this point in time. As a former USA, Ratcliffe should work well with Barr, Durham, and Horowitz and less likely to be controlled by Deep State operatives. Or so I'd like to think.
The other names that have been mentioned all tend to fall, IMO, within a more standard Deep State mold.
Excellent news. This site has made clear that Coats' ouster would be one of the clearest signs yet that Trump & Barr weren't playing around. Now we have said ouster, and a quality replacement to boot.ReplyDelete
Talk about sending a signal to the Deep State. I'd be really worried if my name were John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Robert Mueller, Gina Haspel, Sally Yates, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, James Baker or Andrew Weissmann.ReplyDelete
Let's see how controversial his nomination is made to be. Oppositional screeching through media proxies may be the best meter of his potential. Look for manufactured controversy.ReplyDelete
Yes, Ratcliffe is one guy the Deep State won't like seeing in this office. I suspect all guns will trained on him. He had better be squeaky clean.Delete
I assume that, like the SCOTUS nominations and other important moves, this was probably coordinated with McConnell.ReplyDelete
The problem is...that the Deep State doesn't understand that the problem facing us isn't Russia...the problem is that the Deep State is the problem...the Deep State which sponsored an unconstitutional coup attempt against the duly-elected POTUS and which has, through the DNI and other Deep State operatives (think C Wray), been assiduously covering it up for the last two years. Ratcliffe clearly understands what the problem is and thus is an excellent choice to clean it up. Godspeed!ReplyDelete
This is exactly right. If you have a US Govt that has its act basically together - and this of course presupposes a thorough rooting out of the countless bad actors that we loosely refer to as the Deep State - then whatever this weak beer, banana republic, house of losers formally known as ‘Russia’ can throw at us is swatted away with no great effort.Delete
Wimpy little corrupt-o-states like Russia can harm us only if we harm ourselves first, domestically. If our people and our government can simply agree that our highest imperative is taking good care of our own needs first, figuring out how to make that happen is utterly and completely within our capabilities.
It really does go back to the whole “be strong at home to be strong abroad" thing, plain and simple.
Did you notice that Sue Gordon is not being named acting director of the Deep State, I mean DNI?ReplyDelete
A combination of the President learning whom he can and cannot trust and William Barr, probably, telling him to avoid Gordon.
Yes, I did see that, and was reminded of past discussions of her in the comments here.Delete