President Trump Nominates John Ratcliffe for Director of National Intelligence – Ramifications…

Quite a bit to unpack here, and most of it is very good news.  First, this re-nomination was almost predictable when you look at the totality of the landscape:

President Trump needed to generate an official DNI nomination in order to retain the current acting DNI authorities for Richard “Ric” Grenell; so that’s one aspect.

However, beyond the procedural move there’s the larger background of the FISA reauthorization; and, in my opinion, that larger dynamic is the majority consideration.

The FISA reauthorization and the need for President Trump to support any type of reauthorization that eventually gets through the complex political dynamics within congress; and considering Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell traveled to the White House to discuss this issue yesterday; the outcome is considerable leverage for Trump.

On July 28, 2019, President Trump first nominated John Ratcliffe for the ODNI position to replace former DNI Dan Coats.  However, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence headed by Chairman Richard Burr and Vice-Chairman Mark Warner, informed the White House they would not support Ratcliffe.  Burr and Warner would not have made such a bold statement to undercut the nomination without approval from Mitch McConnell.

The epicenter of the deepest defensive mechanism of the Deep State is the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).  The SSCI is the bunker, the intelligence manipulation operations headquarters. The SSCI is where the political nuclear weapons (black files and IC gathered political surveillance research) are housed.  As a direct consequence the SSCI is the most corrupt and manipulative committee in all of congress.  The SSCI also controls all nominations within the intelligence community (DNI, CIA, NSA, DOJ-NSD, etc).

As a result of Senator Burr and Senator Warner undermining Ratcliffe, on August 2, 2019, the Ratcliffe nomination was reluctantly withdrawn.

After the Ratcliffe nomination was withdrawn, President Trump was then dragged into the House impeachment effort.  In hindsight it is clear the SSCI position of Burr and Warner was partly due to their desire to watch and see whether the impeachment effort would be successful.   [August ’19 through February ’20 the impeachment effort was tried.]

Representative John Ratcliffe was/is a key member of the House who has investigated the details of the DOJ and FBI intelligence abuse during the 2016 election. Factually, Ratcliffe is one of only four high-clearance House members who had seen all of the unredacted and classified documents associated with the DOJ and FBI activity. [Ratcliffe, Gowdy, Goodlatte and Schiff]

In November of 2019 buried deep in the congressional budget Continuing Resolution (CR) was a short-term extension to reauthorize the FISA “business records provision”, the “roving wiretap” provision, the “lone wolf” provision, and the more controversial bulk metadata provisions [Call Detail Records (CDR)], all parts of the Patriot Act.  As a result of the FISA CR inclusion the terminal deadline was pushed to March 15, 2020.

On December 9, 2019, the DOJ Inspector General report on FISA abuse was released to the public.  Within the IG FISA report the prior statements of John Ratcliffe about the FISA abuse scandal were proven to be exactly correct.  Additionally, the severity of the FISA abuse, including the intentional manipulation of evidence by the FBI, was far more serious and substantive than anyone thought.

While the FISA issues were being investigated congress punted the reauthorization of FISA to March 15. There is a current debate on whether those FISA authorities should be reauthorized.

Representatives requesting FISA reform prior to renewal include: Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Doug Collins, Jody Rice, Devin Nunes and Steve Scalise. Additionally, Senator Mike Lee and Senator Rand Paul are trying to force reform or let the current version expire. However, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell, along with AG Bill Barr, want a clean FISA renewal without public hearings….

It is into this debate where President Trump’s support becomes critical.  Yesterday:

Within the overall dynamic we can see where President Trump would gain leverage on Senate Leader Mitch McConnell over the FISA reauthorization issue.  McConnell wants FISA reauthorized… President Trump wants John Ratcliffe as ODNI.

With that in mind, CTH presented the possibility:

Should Trump cut a deal with McConnell: Support for FISA reauthorization in exchange for Ratcliffe as ODNI?  As you can see from our poll opinions were split with a slight advantage toward making the deal.

Personally, inasmuch as I hate-hate-hate the thought of FISA being renewed in its current context, I am cautiously okay with a deal because I trust current CIA Director Gina Haspel, current ICIG Michael Atkinson, current DoS Secretary Mike Pompeo and current DoD Joint Chief’s Chair Mark Milley, about as far as I can spit while facing a hurricane.

Having John Ratcliffe as ODNI at least provides President Donald Trump with control at the intelligence hub.  If DNI Ratcliffe can then help to remove corrupt schemer Michael Atkinson (ICIG), even better.

The position of DNI is critical within the intelligence community.  Essentially the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is the boss of the CIA Director and NSA Director; and the ODNI handles the flow of classified intelligence; and, importantly, the declassification of information to provide public sunlight.

In the position of DNI John Ratcliffe would have the ability to reach out into any intelligence compartment, retrieve and then declassify any/all documents that might be used to show the gross abuses of power by prior intelligence officials.  [Acting DNI Ric Grenell also has that current authority.]  The information within reach is the risk SSCI Chairman Senator Burr and Vice-Chair Warner have attempted to control.

It is likely President Trump would NOT be nominating John Ratcliffe today if he did not have the support of Mitch McConnell; and McConnell’s assurances the SSCI would not attempt to block the nomination this time.

Yes, it is possible President Trump would make the nomination without McConnell’s nod.  However, that approach would mean Trump is about to enter an all-out war against Republicans in the Senate….. not terribly likely in an election year.

What is most likely is that President Trump used the leverage he carries within the FISA authorization issue to get McConnell to agree to the deal:  FISA for Ratcliffe.

Now we wait to see the details; whether it’s a short-term FISA reauthorization, and what are the changed terms -if any- within the authority.

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278 Responses to President Trump Nominates John Ratcliffe for Director of National Intelligence – Ramifications…

  1. MVW says:

    During Trump’s Rally in SC, it seemed to me that Trump while doing his famous joke gave Lindsey Graham an oblique chide about him not wanting to keep winning so much.

    I wonder if Lindsey got the message at the rally where the South Carolina Patriots were thundering with enthusiasm??

    PS I believe Lindsey Graham is a patriot, but he rolls over and plays swamp ball too. That ain’t winning.

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    • mr.piddles says:

      Lindsey Graham is a successful Politician… let’s leave it at that.

      Liked by 20 people

      • Lindsey has a lot of skeletons in his closet, methinks. Too many years pal-ing around with McCain, doing god knows what trying to set up another Charlies War, for example in Georgia (not the US one…)

        And Lindsey still hasnt even tried one teensy tiny thing to keep his promise to investigate how #KillKav was orchestrated. He’s great at playing to the camera though.

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    • richard verney says:

      Graham is responsible for the Republicans losing the House in the 2018 Mid terms, he is also the person responsible for the impeachment hoax.

      Graham has considerable power holding the gavel on the Judiciary Committe, but has declined to use that power to support or assist Trump, or to bring Justice to America and to the American people.

      He could and should have callled Mueller in latest by April 2018 for an update and to find what, if anything Mueller had found on the Russia hoax. He should then have made it clear that Mueller needed to publish his report latest by August 2018 so as not to impact upon the 2018 Mid Term elections.

      Mueller could have got to the bottom of the FISA abuse, the abuses at the FBI and DOJ, the whistle blower leaks, ukraine electioon interference, Biden issues etc with the use of proper oversight inquiries. He shoudl also have questioned Mueller after the Mueller report. Mueller has never been held properly to account for his fiasco.

      Graham has done almost absolutely nothing at all, and his inaction has inflicted a lot of harm on America.

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    • FrankieZee says:

      Plus Trump said he is the leader of the powerful Judiciary committee. Wass Trump saying that because Panty Wearing Graham has don NADA so far.

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  2. Chick-fil-A Traffic Jam says:

    What are the odds this could go down but the Deep State removes Ratcliffe though some sort of nonsense? That seems like the worst case scenario.

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  3. Richie says:

    If the Club tries to block Ratcliffe a second time for a position hes qualified for, it would look highly suspicious.

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  4. coolmamie says:

    This is obviously a brilliant win-win move on Trump’s part. Perfect time for Grenell to ruthlessly double-down on clearing out the NSC anti-Trump element. Make them BEG for Ratcliffe.

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  5. BitterC says:

    I heard early evening on Fox I guess, that McConnell & Burr have given their OK to Ratcliffe and McConnell expects a swift approval

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    • James Groome says:

      I believe BURR has been shown some information he did not realize was in certain person’s hands… his comment about looking into BIDEN and BURISMA was doing the work of the Russians… he is dirtier than a PIG after the summer snow melt.

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      • dbobway says:

        Senator Burr, will be gone in 2022, That will be a party at my house, in NC.
        Ratcliff is perfect for this job.
        With he and Grennell, I trust them to watch our back.
        Little did I know, ‘The Big Ugly’ Which I believe has begun,
        I don’t think it ends until after 2022, maybe years after 2022.
        I believe the Dems expect to lose to the President, this November,
        So they want to keep the House at least.
        If we get back Congress in November, expect ‘Depends’ sales to rise rapidly.

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  6. Vince says:

    Grenell is also leverage here. If Radcliff is not confirmed, Grenell can declassify all the Russia/Mueller documents that have not been released yet. And if Radcliff or Grenell release the documents, it will be very hard to renew the FISA courts once every abuse is out in the open. I don’t think McConnell has much leverage anymore.

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    • nimrodman says:

      it will be very hard to renew the FISA courts once every abuse is out in the open

      Sidney Powell’s making noise about “altered 302s” again – that’s an ‘abuse’, I reckon

      Michael Flynn seeks total exoneration, not pardon, says his attorney
      Sidney Powell says case could ‘be over in a week’
      once ‘altered 302’ examined in DOJ review

      https://justthenews.com/government/federal-agencies/mike-flynn-seeking-total-exoneration-not-pardon-says-his-attorney

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    • babrightlight says:

      Grenell being the bull in a china shop may be a good play anyway. Let him be the hatchet man to clean out the underbrush and underlings—no major players but the Kevin Clinesmith’s & Obama flunkies of the intel world. The media will howl but with a bunch of no name firings/purgings, the American public won’t care. Plus, he won’t stay long enough to matter. Then Ratcliffe can work with Durham (hopefully) to go after the corrupt big dogs. It’s truly hard to ascertain the full scope of damage Obama brought upon our nation in his 8 years. He took Chicago-style politics national. I think that’s why the Dems are so outraged. With Hillary, they fumbled the ball on the one yard line and they can’t get past it.

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      • Dutchman says:

        PDJT is making this move, IMHO, Knowing full well that Durham is a head fake.
        McConnell does NOT want the coup exposed, because he and the Decepticons were complicit in the coup, and support the ongoing cover up

        McConnell allowed Barr to be confirmed. Ergo, Barr is a feckless cleaner and swamp creature.

        Barr appointed Durham to do a review, later announced with much fanfare as a criminal investigation.

        The announcement meant NOTHING; as a Federal Prosecutor, Durham had the authority to convene grand juries, subpoena witnesses, and indict from day one. So, WHY announce it?

        Now and for several months, the talk has been about a,”Durham REPORT”;
        Prosecutors don’t write ‘reports’, they write INDICTMENTS, or Declination memos.

        Given the scope of the matters he is is reviewing/investigating, its easy to see how a Declination memo would grow into a Declination report.

        So, this talk of a Durham REPORT, tells us its nature, otherwise itcwould be Durham indictments.

        And, the first time I heard “Durham REPORT”, it came from PDJT.

        ERGO, I think PDJT knew for some time Durham was NOT going to be producing indictments, just as Barr was NOT going to declassify the documents PDJT gave him the authority to.

        “Not many people know this,about me, and fewer still would believe it,…but I have a LOT of patience!” PDJT

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        • Rick says:

          The Durham investigation started as a review ending in a report. As the review progressed it turned into a criminal investigation. According to Doug Collins, sometime by late spring or early summer it will conclude with indictments.

          We shall see…

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          • Dutchman says:

            Collins, Nunes and even PDJT can not ‘call out’ what is obvious to them, without proof.

            That is the beauty of the Huber type head fake, as evidenced by the arguments of the,Barr/Durham defenders; there can be no clear, unequivocal ‘evidence’ of an indictment, before its issued.

            And so, they say ‘We HOPE’,…

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        • destin326 says:

          BINGO. Great analysis.

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      • theasdgamer says:

        To get the bigwigs, you need to have leverage against their underlings. Firing underlings is worthless. They will just be replaced by more lefty traitors because the left controls HR for the Deep State. If you can figure out how to get control of Deep State HR, then firings might be somewhat useful.

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    • Will Hunt says:

      Declassification/pubic exposure of evidence of FISA absue and other treasonous act is the only way to correct this terrible period in America. Sadly, Barr doesn’t have the stones.

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  7. romy911 says:

    Interesting how Sundance posts the twitter poll regarding John Ratcliffe & FISA renewal and within 24 hrs, Ratcliffe is nominated.
    It’s a great time to be alive & paying attention.

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  8. starfcker says:

    Oh boy. This opens up possibilities I couldn’t even have imagined a couple of weeks back. No comment necessary for now. Nice work Mr. President

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  9. I’ve always been impressed with Ratcliffe’s presentation on TV from the beginning- even when he was obviously new to it, not polished. Clearly a man of integrity, carefully fair to even his enemies, and scrupulous about the rules of the process, able to communicate clearly with passion but without losing his dignity.

    You dont need to be the technician, to lead a group of technical folks. You can hire a technician to do that as deputy. What you need is clarity, integrity, dedication and the ability to rise above petty partisanship for the nations best interest.

    Ratcliffe is a good choice, IMHO. He will do well, especially if Trump is learning to listen a little better to his staff on this kind of stuff.

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  10. OhNoYouDont says:

    I find it interesting that Ratcliffe was with Nunes when they met with AG Barr in regards to FISA abuse back in April 2019.

    Ratcliffe, with his former prosecutor experience as an US Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas, plus his vast knowledge in National Security, plus his involvement in as a member of a joint task force of the Judiciary and Oversight committees to investigate if federal authorities abused surveillance powers during the 2016 presidential election, he probably personally found damning information (along with Kash Patel) that Nunes formally submitted to the DOJ.
    _____

    Devin Nunes sends Trump-Russia investigation criminal referral notification to DOJ
    by Daniel Chaitin & Jerry Dunleavy | April 11, 2019 03:11 PM | Updated Apr 11, 2019, 10:42 PM
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/devin-nunes-sends-trump-russia-investigation-criminal-referral-notification-to-doj
    —–
    In a brief letter, Nunes informs Attorney General William Barr he and Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, want to meet to discuss eight criminal referrals, which are ready for consideration, as part of the House Intelligence Committee’s years-long examination of alleged misconduct during the Russia probe.
    —–
    During a Senate Appropriations hearing on Wednesday (April 10), Barr said, “Yes, I think spying did occur” and “I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal.” When offered a chance to withdraw the remark, he instead clarified: “I want to make sure there was no unauthorized surveillance.”
    —–
    According to Barr, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation into possible abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by the DOJ and FBI should be finished by May or June. That investigation was launched in March 2018.

    (Note: The DOJ IG Horowitz FISA Abuse Report eventually was released in December 2019)

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  11. William Schneider says:

    I am praying that Sundance is correct in his assessment that Ratcliffe may be approved with blessing of McConnel and Burr in exchange of Fisa renewal quickly. Ratcliffe is an awesome choice here for DNI head. He is brilliant and eloquent and a warrior for the truth in a swamp of corruption in Washington. Prayer folks now.

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    • Chris says:

      That FISA stuff must be really valuable. McConnel and Burr are like junkies; they have to keep their supply of political intel fresh. I will say a prayer for Radcliffe, he’s gonna need a lot.

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    • SherryS says:

      Dear Heavenly Father,
      I pray a hedge of protection around Rep. Ratcliffe as he answers the Nation’s call for justice and protection. Bless him and keep him safe as he walks through the doors you have opened. Let no sword formed against him prosper. Protect our great lion, President Trump as well in the days ahead..
      In Jesus’ name. Amen

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  12. noswamp says:

    SD,
    Normally I do not like to dance the Potomac two-step. But in this case, what matters is that this guy is a Trump guy, 100 percent in charge of an EXTREMELY important agency. And that this FISA re-authorization will be relatively short and hopefully will have some changes to FISA.

    Do I lead or you lead when the music starts?

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  13. freepetta says:

    Love Ric Grenell, John Ratcliffe and the entire team PDJT is putting together to clean house.

    Liked by 7 people

    • Remington says:

      Definitely has merit. Redcliffe steps in for Grenell. Win-win …What happens to Grenell?
      Does that make him available for another key spot. Replace Wray?

      Liked by 6 people

    • OhNoYouDont says:

      https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-nominates-john-ratcliffe-for-director-of-national-intelligence-again
      —–
      Trump grew to like the Texas congressman for his vociferous defenses of the President during the Russia probe and recent impeachment investigation.
      —–
      The re-upping of Ratcliffe …buys potentially months more time in office for the acting intelligence director, the outspoken Trump loyalist and ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.
      —–
      The New York Times reported last week that Grenell had installed as his deputy Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).
      —–
      (Fake news CNN reported Ratcliffe days ago …)

      CNN reported Tuesday that Trump was again considering Ratcliffe for the role.

      “Several unnamed sources told CNN on Tuesday that Trump has been discussing potential appointment with the Texas Republican recently.”

      https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/25/politics/trump-dni-search-ratcliffe-hoekstra/index.html

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      • freepetta says:

        I do hope the Senate intelligence committee with Burr and his girl friend Warner permit John Ratcliffe the chance. That committee is corrupt and slimy.

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        • OhNoYouDont says:

          A key player into ‘Trumpination” of the Intel community is already in place.

          Kash Patel’s hiring into the ODNI last week was huge, because he is an actual proven investigator who finds Beltway malfeasance.

          The swamp tried to take him out late last year, lumping him into the ‘Ukraine Hoax’. There was no outcry of attacking a ‘person of color’ from “Fake News.”

          The article below is from a new branch of left wing media.

          Devin Nunes’ aide may have just gotten his big reward for being a Trump toadie
          Published 1 week ago on February 20, 2020 By Bob Brigham
          https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/devin-nunes-aide-may-have-just-gotten-his-big-reward-for-being-a-trump-toadie/

          President Donald Trump continues to make big moves at the Office of National Intelligence.

          “Kash Patel, a former top National Security Council official who also played a key role as a Hill staffer in helping Republicans discredit the Russia probe, is now a senior adviser for new acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, according to four people familiar with the matter,” Politico reported Thursday evening.

          “He had previously worked as Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)’s top staffer on the House Intelligence Committee and was the lead author of a report questioning the conduct of FBI and DOJ officials investigating Russia’s election interference,” Politico reminded. “The selection of Patel is likely to raise hackles further among Democrats, who often tangled with the former Nunes staffer when he worked on Capitol Hill.”

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          • freepetta says:

            I’ve meant to ask this question for a long time. Can’t PDJT appoint when that crappy Congress is out of BS session? I figure Johnny Ratcliffe is going to have an extraordinarily difficult confirmation.

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      • theasdgamer says:

        Yeah, the traitors are afraid of Patel.

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  14. PMadison says:

    When patriots head these agencies one of the most important things is hiring. They need to exercise veto power over everyone hired above janitor level. Good hiring decisions can really change the dynamic of an agency for generations.

    Put a team of Trump supporters in charge of background checks, scour candidates social media, if they show any communist/fascist tendencies, reject them. Fascists can go work at google where they’ll fit in. We don’t need them in our government.

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    • Dutchman says:

      In most agencies, not just cabinet, but sub-cabinet, and even sub-sub-cabinet level jobs require Senate confirmation.

      Everyone talks about how Obama embedded political appointees, and he DID, but Senate has been putting their thumb on the scale, as well.

      And, as we have seen, any sub or sub-sub nominee would have to be approved by SSCI, for a position in intel agencies, before it would even get to full Senate.

      Foxes in charge of henhouse, seeding the Staff an incoming FBI or CIA director is going to be interacting with.

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    • CM-TX says:

      If they were smart, they’d give potential names to SD… he, along with unleashing a bunch of Treepers, start digging into the person.

      Guarantee it’d come up with a clearer picture of who that person really is– as to their history/leanings. Also raising red-flags where there isn’t any to find.

      And NO invasive “spying” would be necessary! 😏

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  15. Rynn69 says:

    JOHN RATCLIFFE AFFIRMED AS DNI BEFORE PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SIGNS THAT FISA AUTHORIZATION. I HOPE PDJT REMEMBERS THE JUDAS PAUL RYAN’S PROMISE OF WALL FUNDING THAT WAS NEVER HONORED. DON’T TRUST THE TURTLE. GET RATCLIFFE CONFIRMED BEFORE ANY SIGNATURE OCCURS. THAT’S ALL.

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    • nimrodman says:

      amen

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    • Dutchman says:

      Agree, but please don’t yell.

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      • Dutchman says:

        Actually, what would be better, is ‘turn about is fair play; insist on Ratcliff confirmation first,….THEN Veto FISA reauthorisation.

        Realising FISA on American citisens is an inherent violation of the 4th amendment, and as I am sworn to defend the Constitution, I could not, in good conscience sign the bill.

        And once confirmed, the Senate can’t rescind. Would serve them right.

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        • theasdgamer says:

          Or just hamstring FISA authorization until the its term is up…don’t replace FISA judges who are leaving…use executive orders to add additional requirements to any FISA request to delay them…use executive orders to add requirements for the various types of surveillance…add a requirement for a public notification of any FISA request and a time for public comment on the redacted request…using executive orders, force HR to hire an ombudsman to oversee any requests which choice for ombudsman must be accepted by the ODNI and which choice may be fired by the President

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          • Dutchman says:

            I like let it expire, I don’t really CARE if there is an Ombudsman, allegedly representing my interests. Heck, I always represented myself in Court, in part because I didn’t want to trust my fate to someone for whom it might be ‘just a job’, and thats with me sitting there in the court.

            Given the degree to which they gamed the system, and the system allowed itself to be gamed, its gotta go.

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      • Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

        Well, it was a pretty important point, and fairly short so maybe it was kinda ok to yell this time… 😉

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      • mugzey302 says:

        😆

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  16. John-Y128 says:

    “Representatives requesting FISA reform prior to renewal include: Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Doug Collins, Jody Rice, Devin Nunes and Steve Scalise. Additionally, Senator Mike Lee and Senator Rand Paul are trying to force reform or let the current version expire. However, McConnell, Graham and AG Bill Barr, want a clean FISA renewal without public hearings…. It is into this debate where President Trump’s support becomes critical.”

    So in 2018 when PDJT wrote and signed the following, “I would have preferred a permanent reauthorization of FISA Title VII to protect the safety and security of the Nation.”, did he believe it then, has he changed his mind?

    PT might not have to cut a deal with McConnell, if Grenell raises enough hell as temporary DNI, Mitch might be ready and prefer Ratcliffe by then.

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  17. Rich Gorman says:

    FISA extended until Nov. 1st in exchange for Radcliffe immediate approval as ODNI.
    PLUS , Burr must resign immediately from Senate for Health reasons. ( prefer Warner go … but not feasible ).

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  18. Paprika says:

    Another one-two punch that I like about the Grenell/Ratcliffe setup by PT is that Grenell will have identified both information and personnel that need to be exposed and/or rooted out in the DoJ, FBI, and IC.

    This will help Ratcliffe hit the ground running by knowing full unredacted information and who to trust or not trust ahead of taking position. And between the two of them PT will know who needs to be appointed, forced out, fired, shifted, whatever after November elections. Makes it easier for PT to clean up the DoJ(do your job Barr), FBI(bye Wray), and IC(bye Haspell) and what needs to be addressed!

    And that will also provide PT leverage for dealing with corruption in other government agencies(like the State Department) and corrupt politicians in Congress.

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  19. convert says:

    Impeachment greatly increased the President’s political power. Greatly. The Rats are idiots. Independents swung hard in his direction. McConnell and his crew are in a whole new ballgame.😁

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  20. scrap1ron says:

    Well, enough of this “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday, for a hamburger today”. Demand confirmation first. There’s no guarantee that some of these swamp bastards won’t pull a Romney.

    Can Ratcliffe be trusted to not be another Barr? From my career dealing with convicts the con game works best when you want believe what they’re “selling”.

    Get yours first, Mr. President. Trust, but verify with these backstabbing weasels.

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  21. Bob Parker says:

    If the deal between B*itch McConnell & President Trump is in fact Ratcliffe for 1 more year of renewing FISA, methinks that we have to LOVE the deal.

    1st, this is an extremely important addition to Trump’s team. Maybe just maybe we will have some de-classification (Win).

    2nd, we have a much needed Trump loyalist who can & will clean out intelligence from top to bottom (Win).

    3rd, there will be a very important person on President Trump’s team who can hopefully circumvent AG (FU)BAR(R) & convince President Trump to “full speed ahead” with the PROSECUTION of DOJ /intelligence officials & damnit yes, maybe even some of the damn Unparty denizens too!! And if this a pipe dream on my part, well, what is wrong with dreaming bigly?

    I understand that we cannot get everything that we conservatives want here. Deals need to be made & yes, there’s going to have to be some bad medicine to take with the good. However, President Trump has accomplished so much despite the Left’s constant attacks + impeachment/coup attempts.

    Lead on with this move Mr. President & Godspeed to both you & Congressman Ratcliffe!!

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  22. sarasotosfan says:

    It is a big bet that the IC will not focus to the extreme in isolating any ODNI nomination by President Trump. Will John Ratcliffe be trumpian in his ability to withstand the forces gathered against him?

    I would not deal an extension for anyone, including President Trump.

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  23. doofusdawg says:

    I don’t think it is so much the fisa reauthorization which Trump is holding over the Senate’s head as it is the upcoming elections. The Senate and McConnel used impeachment to keep Trump in check for years. Now that is gone and the elections are on the horizon. If Trump were to campaign against any rhinos this election cycle then he could absolutely prevent their reelections. Between this threat and the potential declassification of dirt by Trump which could implicate corrupt Senators… Trump holds all the cards… and he knows it…. and they know it.

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  24. YvonneMarie says:

    Agreed. Agreed. Agreed.

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  25. LL Richardson Jr says:

    Lip Service Lindsey, is no friend to Constitutional Conservatives.

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  26. Amy2 says:

    The whole point of making a deal is to get what you want with giving up as little as you have to. The president knows what he wants out of this and I don’t think he will make a deal unless he gets it. A FISA renewal for one year? Small potatoes since 1. we have already been living with it for so long, 2. the microscope is already on it and I’ll add 3. (with sarcasm) how much worse can it get in a year?!

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  27. cheering4america says:

    If Ratcliffe were to be approved and take this position immediately, would Gov. Abbott be able to appoint a strong conservative to his House seat, thus giving them an advantage in November? Or is TX not the kind of State that allows appointments?

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  28. that would be funny if PT pulled a jessie liu on old mitch.get him to approve ratcliffe then not renew fisa doubt it will happen but worth a laugh.

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  29. OhNoYouDont says:

    John Ratcliffe monologue starts @1:20:40

    House Judiciary holds hearing on Oversight of the Foreign Intel Surveillance Act
    Sep 18, 2019

    —–

    Thank you, chairman.

    As a former US Attorney, it was, and still is my opinion that FISA is an important tool against the fight of international terrorism.

    I think it’s estimated that 25% of our actionable, um, intelligence on foreign terrorists comes from FISA authorities, like, such as Section 702.

    Which is not up for re-authorization but, um, my point is the properly used reauthorized of certain FISA authorities should be non-controversial and should be bi-partisan.

    The problem is many of us, which has been pointed out, including those of us with access to classified information have seen what appeared to be egregious abuses and misuses of FISA authorities.

    And corresponding misrepresentations before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court itself.

    Specifically, as it pertains to Obama Administration DOJ and FBI officials in securing the FISA order on at least one US citizen back in October of 2016, named Carter Page.

    Many of us do believe the Obama Justice Department verified an unverifiable dossier, which was funded by the Democratic party to secure an order, allowing the surveillance of former Trump associate, Mr Page.

    Many of us also believe the Obama Justice Department had exculpatory evidence on the issue of probable cause that was not provided to the FISA court.

    At least not provided to the court during the pendency by the FISA order itself.

    Earlier this morning, the chairman (Nadler D-NY) said he didn’t see any evidence of FISA abuse that pertains to Carter Page and you just heard from Mr Cohen (D-TN) say the same thing.

    Um, Democrats have generally expressed that opinion.

    The former FBI Director, former Director Comey says the idea of FISA abuse is nonsense as it pertains to Carter Page. Um, I and many of my colleges disagree with that.

    I’ll just leave it to the Inspector General has written a report. Um, we’ll see whose right and we’ll see who’s wrong.

    I’m afraid fortunately the Inspector General is going to find that, um, folks on my side of the isle are right

    That FISA procedures were abused and were not followed and will offer recommendations to correct that and then again, we’ll see.

    John Ratcliffe monologue ends @1:23:12

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  30. Kaco says:

    I think Ratcliffe would need to have the position confirmed BEFORE any FISA extension. It all needs cleaned up. They would have to trust POTUS this time to honor his promises and he would, but I wouldn’t trust McConnell and the other rogue Senators that would promise that Ratcliffe’s confirmation is in the bag and vote for FISA first. I can’t forget McCain’s bullcrap plus the stakes are higher with this one, because it’s about their personal corruption, not lackeys for the CoC..

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  31. As a man thinkth says:

    Ratcliffe’s mission is to dissolve/destroy the praetorian cohorts at the center of the Deep state’s long held control of our government…

    Throughout the past decades, many past presidents and statesmen have warned us concerning the rogue intelligence operations…

    As Sundance has pointed out several times the intelligence bureau’s basically manage most of the Main Stream Media functioning as the propaganda wing of the operation….CNN/BBC does not exist to turn a profit, they operate to spew propaganda into every public establishment and all across Europe

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  32. shipley130 says:

    I just finished reading a book call God’s Jury by Cullen Murphy. In chapter 7 entitled “With God on our side”, and the section named “Under Observation” is about the U.S. government developed software called “packet sniffing” that enables government entities (FBI, NSA) to track peoples’ communications using keywords. According to this section “Trump” was one of the keywords in the system for the government to look out for. This book has a copyright of 2012 so my question is why “Trump” was a keyword before Trump was running for president. As it happens, I had watched the 60 Minutes interview earlier in the evening (aired 3/1/2020) of the Navy Seal that supposedly had stabbed an Iraqi teenager and was jailed for it. The packet sniffing was mentioned in the interview, claiming that the packet sniffing was used against the Navy Seal’s attorney so the government could keep tabs on the attorney’s communications. By the way, the comm spying programs were named Carnivore and Echelon.

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