Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, is the right person to be named the next Director of National Intelligence (DNI), according to former Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.
Ratcliffe, who is currently in Congress, has experience in the Justice Department Whitaker claimed in The Story on Monday: "John and I were US lawyers in the Bush administration."
"I think he is perfectly qualified I think he is a smart, talented person."
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In the early 2000s, Whitaker served as US Attorney in Southern Iowa, while Ratcliffe held the same position in East Texas, "directly from Central Casting for this role."
Regarding Coats, a knowledgeable source told Fox News that Indiana's former Republican Senator had never considered his 201
Ratcliffe was well-versed in the intelligence community after important parts of the Republican-led investigation into obvious abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by the FBI and the Department of Justice were involved.
However, Ratcliffe's fame during related congressional proceedings drew a strong rebuke to his nomination by Senate minority leader Charles Schumer, DN.Y.
"It is clear that Rep. Ratcliffe sel" If the Republicans of the Senate elevate such a partisan to a position requiring intelligence and nonpartisan intelligence, it would be a great mistake.
In a tweet, President Trump officially announced Ratcliffe as Coats's future successor, adding that the current officer will leave on August 15.
Fox News & Gregg Re contributed to this Report .