President Donald Trump on Tuesday accidentally admitted his reason for choosing his new pick to become Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is to end investigations he doesn’t favor.
For years President Trump has complained about the investigations into his actions, those of his campaign, his transition team, his administration, his businesses, and even his charity. And for years he has attacked the Intelligence Community, the 17 intelligence agencies headed by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).
Trump on Sunday announced his DNI, Dan Coats, was resigning, although some believe Coats was forced out.
Trump’s replacement has been highly criticized for having almost no relevant experience – a specific requirement in federal law – and for being a highly-partisan defender of the president.
Clearly that’s part of the reason Trump says he will nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) to lead the U.S. Intel Community.
Trump told reporters Tuesday Congressman Ratcliffe is “a very talented guy,” and “a strong man,” which he says is “what we need in that position.”
Many would argue that what is needed in that position is someone who will stand up to a President who refuses to accept the intelligence the 17 intel agencies provide him.
“I think that John Ratcliffe is going to do an incredible job, if he gets approved,” Trump added. “I think we need somebody like that that’s strong and can really rein it in. As you’ve all learned, the intelligence agencies have run amok. They’ve run amok.”
The intelligence agencies have not “run amok,” they have been working to uncover the truth behind Russia’s assault on the United States, despite repeated attacks against them from the Commander-in-Chief.
Talking Points Editor and Publisher Josh Marshall summed up Trump’s remarks: “So the president is explicitly saying that the Ratcliffe nomination is about enforcing loyalty to Trump.”
Trump on Ratcliffe nomination: "We need somebody strong that can really rein it in because as I think you've all learned the intelligence agencies have run amok. They run amok." pic.twitter.com/qfs58oxVOj
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 30, 2019
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Read the Ukraine Call Talking Points the White House Sent to GOP Lawmakers – and House Democrats by Mistake
The White House released its summary of the July 25 telephone call President Donald Trump had with the president of Ukraine. It was just five pages, but damning all the same. Experts say it doesn’t matter if it shows “quid pro quo” – an offer of Trump promising something of value in exchange for President Zelensky’s assistance.
However, it does.
Regardless, the White House sent talking points to Republican lawmakers and (presumably) the president’s surrogates.
CNN’s Jim Acosta reports the White House sent those talking points (which are spin, and not true or accurate) to House Democrats as well.
For example: “The transcript clearly shows there was no quid pro quo,” the White House claims.
“The real scandal here is that leaks about a second-hand account of the confidential telephone call with a foreign leader triggered a media frenzy of false accusations against the President and forced the President to release the transcript.”
That’s false also. In fact, had the White House not illegally blocked the Director of National Intelligence from handing the whistleblower complaint over to Congress this would not have happened.
Read the talking points:
WH accidentally emailed talking points to House Dems pic.twitter.com/M16m6TC2AJ
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 25, 2019
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