President Donald Trump ended the speculation this week as to who would be his new nominee to serve as the director of national intelligence.
But after Trump named Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) for the position — for the second time — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) went off the rails demanding that her party block the nomination.
Ratcliffe nomination angers Dems
According to a Washington Times report, Pelosi believes Trump is trying to stack the intelligence community with diehard loyalists.
“Intelligence should never be guided by partisanship or politics,” the House speaker said. “Unfortunately, Congressman Ratcliffe has shown an unacceptable embrace of conspiracy theories and a clear disrespect and distrust of our law enforcement and intelligence patriots that disqualify him from leading America’s intelligence community.”
Readers may recall that Ratcliffe was nominated for the position several months ago, but his nomination was withdrawn due to sharp criticism over his qualifications.
Those same concerns will undoubtedly be voiced again, but it appears as though both Ratcliffe and Trump and going to hold the line this time around.
Schumer’s obstructionism begins
The pushback against Trump’s decision from Senate Democrats was almost immediate. Since they cannot block this nomination on their own, they will need to recruit a handful of Republicans in order to succeed.
The resistance began with a salvo from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
“With this nomination, President Trump has shown once again his lack of respect for the rule of law and the intelligence community,” Schumer said, according to The Hill. “Republicans must join Democrats in swiftly rejecting the nomination of Mr. Ratcliffe.”
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) also went after Ratcliffe, stating that nothing has changed since he was last nominated by Trump in terms of his resume.
Between reports of Russian election interference and Ratcliffe’s reputation as a stalwart Trump supporter, accusations are already being tossed around that this nomination will put the 2020 election at risk.
While most of the GOP is expected to vote in favor of Ratcliffe’s confirmation, Trump will probably face resistance from the same Republicans who were considering voting against him during the impeachment, so this nomination is far from a lock to make it through the Senate.