Representative John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) decided to withdraw his consideration for Director of National Intelligence, and as a replacement for outgoing Dan Coates.
President Trump announced his pick on July 28, 2019. Ratcliffe, a prominent Trump supporter, has decided to withdraw his consideration amid Democrat voices asserting the congressman was unqualified and too partisan to serve in such role.
In a statement released by Ratcliffe, he said:
"While I am and will remain very grateful to the President for his intention to nominate me as Director of National Intelligence, I am withdrawing from consideration. I was humbled and honored that the President put his trust in me to lead our nation’s intelligence operations and remain convinced that when confirmed, I would have done so with the objectivity, fairness, and integrity that our intelligence agencies need and deserve. However, I do not wish for a national security and intelligence debate surrounding my confirmation, however untrue, to become a purely political and partisan issue. The country we all love deserves that it be treated as an American issue. Accordingly, I have asked the President to nominate someone other than me for this position."
Ratcliffe had support from Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, saying he had no concerns of Ratcliff's qualifications.
Senator John Cornyn said,
"I have confidence that John understands the difference between being a member of Congress and being [DNI], which obviously is a nonpartisan position."
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a former CIA intelligence officer, said,
"I fear that there is a slow takeover of the norms and procedures of governance by this president, amassing unprecedented executive power."
New York Times, in an article, said:
"Democrats said on Monday that they were worried that Mr. Ratcliffe would do little to push back against the Justice Department’s review of the origins of the Russia inquiry, for which Mr. Trump gave Attorney General William P. Barr broad power to declassify intelligence. Democrats also said they had concerns that Mr. Ratcliffe would not stand up to Mr. Trump when his views on Iran or North Korea were at odds with the assessment of intelligence analysts."
The position, itself will draw the ire of any Democrat, no matter who the pick is. We should buckle up because the Left will not stay seated for anyone who is nominated for this position.
Sources: New York Times