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of Senator Burr and Senator Warner undermining Ratcliffe, on August 2, 2019, the Ratcliffe nomination was reluctantly withdrawn.

After the Ratcliffe nomination was withdrawn, President Trump was then dragged into the House impeachment effort.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. sundance says:

    Liked by 56 people

    • The Demon Slick says:

      Well it’s a step. I can’t see how he gets Burr and Warner but it’s moving forward at least. I’d like to see some senators being held criminally liable but I’m not holding my breath. I guess that’s still just for republican lawmakers.

      Liked by 3 people

    • hocuspocus13 says:

      Ratcliffe becomes DNI where does Grenell go?

      Liked by 3 people

      • sundance says:

        He’s still Ambassador to Germany. Never left that position.

        Liked by 21 people

      • citizen owner, U.S.A. says:

        Grenell continues to hold his ambassadorship. He’s pulling double duty.

        Liked by 6 people

      • Troublemaker10 says:

        Grenell never gave up his position as Ambassador to Germany. So he goes back to that full time.


        • amazed treetop downlooker says:

          Imagine how much MORE INFORMED he, Grennell, will/has (?)mostly already, become tremendously more aware of highest level class. USA IC info, such that he will an evermore formidable monitor of, influencer of – thwarter of – Her Merkel & the largest economy/population of the EU…can you say..

          “pulling the plug on/draining the EU swamp of it’s slimy backbone ???…(think ACCELERATED domino effect, liberator of European Patriots !)

          All “in due course….at the optimal time…

          VERY SG, PDJT & a Team Patriots….more winning, WINNING B I G L Y…immenent.

          sometimes (?almost all the time?!?) in politics, ya gotta do smelly compromise (a.k.a. sausage making) to get to the rose garden…

          We WILL see what happens next, hopefully very soon !

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      • Perot Conservative says:

        Not sure how long confirmation will take. I’d really like to see Grenell take a few scalps first.

        I heard a modestly interesting interview w Grenell. He mentioned how Obama was loved in Europe and got nothing done. Trump got NATO funding increased, fought the pipeline from Germany to Russia, etc.

        What I found most interesting was Obama couldn’t get Germany to take back a Nazi living in New York. How useless is the State Dept? Their counterparts in Germany claimed our State Dept hadn’t lobbied or pressured them! The Trump Administration got it done.

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    • islandpalmtrees says:

      They are clearly terrified of Richard “Ric” Grenell. So why not keep them on the rack? Gina Haspel would not hesitate.

      At some point, the IC will likely attempt an assassination of Ric, if he remains effective. I wonder, if the President could arrange a welcome committee.


    • Rhi says:

      “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.” – Had me going there for a moment Sundance!
      Looks indeed like a deal was cut with McConnell, can’t imagine Burr is onboard with that and risk Ratcliffe exposing the SSCI being ground zero in the coup effort. POTUS said ‘I caught them all’ and probably confronted Mitch with the evidence of the gang of eight complicity and it’d be a shame Mitch to tie your wagon to the seditionists, but we’ll let some Republicons go quietly into retirement or a slap on the wrist or I’ll expose all to the American public and let them decide what to do with you swamp rats. Looks like Mitch chose wisely.

      Great news regarding the renomination of Ratcliffe, whatever deal was cut!

      Liked by 5 people

    • T2020 says:

      Either man would be great.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. frank field says:

    OH POOPS! Just when I thought I couldn’t love Trump more?

    My love, respect and admiration just expanded!

    Can you imagine Burr and Warren squirming over this!?!?

    Beautiful. Just BEAUTIFUL.

    Trump for Rushmore 🕶

    Liked by 26 people

  3. Jederman says:

    I wonder what bondo thinks about this. Is there handwriting on the wall?

    Liked by 7 people

  4. Expecting Warner and Burr to resign within the year.

    Liked by 18 people

  5. Gort says:

    Ultimately, I’d love to see John Ratcliffe head the FBI, and Christopher Wray head to prison.

    Liked by 34 people

    • GB Bari says:

      Understand your frustration with useless Wray (we all share it).

      But the DNI is a far more strategically important position, especially with so many of the past three-plus years’ shenanigans against President Trump having been created in or aided by the IC / Deep State.

      Liked by 19 people

      • Gort says:

        I agree that DNI is a far more strategically important position *at this moment*. But I’m not so sure that Ratcliffe will be confirmed. Trump may have simply renominated him to buy time for Richard Grenell to clean the house — I believe he gets 200 days. In that time Grenell may be able to mine out what’s necessary to rip open the corrupt intelligence community.

        Now imagine John Ratcliffe as head of the FBI cleaning out the institutional corruption and starting legitimate investigations of the deep state, including Richard Burr & Mark Warner? That would be seismic.

        Liked by 3 people

        • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

          Republicans will have to expose themselves big time for him not to be confirmed.

          They’re gonna have to find some real dirt to do it too.
          Because they cannot use “no background in intelligence”

          Did some quick research (excluding “Acting” DNI’s
          …the first DNI was John Negraponte (2005-2007)
          Claim to fame: Ambassador
          Mike McConnell: Navy, Intelligence
          Dennis Blair: Navy, Intelligence
          James Clapper: USAF, DIA
          Dan Coates: Ambassador, Senator

          Acting DNI’s are a mix of military or diplomats.

          Proving prior official INTELLIGENCE position NOT a prerequisite.


        • GB Bari says:

          Agree that we don’t yet know if the President negotiated with the Senate Majority Leader to pass or at least accept Ratcliffe for consideration by the SSCI in exchange for a one year extension of FISA.

          Sundance’s article and some related articles elsewhere yesterday gave me hope the President really doesn’t want a renewal without including some serious reforms.


        • Linda K. says:

          If they don’t cofirm Radcliffe, {but if Mitch says yes, it will happen}, Grennell is still in position.

          Liked by 4 people

        • Tl Howard says:

          I can’t imagine that Ratcliffe or Grenell or anyone appointed by this POTUS will get any co-operation from those at that agency. Am I wrong? Give me hope, anyone. Hell, look at the headwinds Barr faces in the Clinton/Obama laden DOJ.

          Liked by 2 people

          • Fools Gold says:

            McConnell and Graham are up for re-election. You can bet Trump will squeeze rhinos. Exactly what does he have to loose in doing so?


            • Anyone here at CTH live in their districts? Is there a legit primary contender? You know the Dims will support him. The left rank and file hate McConnell. They have no idea how good they got it.


        • Grenell will make their life’s PURE CHAOS and a LIVING HELL, taking it to a new level with EVERY PASSING WEEK of delay in approving Ratcliffe.

          Liked by 6 people

        • P.S. That’s a LIVING HELL in every month leading up to the ELECTION!

          Liked by 1 person

        • Amy2 says:

          I don’t think the president would do that to Ratcliffe, and I find it impossible that Ratcliffe would go along with it. Getting pulled twice would mess up his name recognition and taint him for other positions.


      • TheWanderingStar says:

        Yes, in Sundance’s terms the DNI is the fulcrum. Vast leverage can be brought to bear on the ner-do-wells.

        Liked by 4 people

        • litlbit2 says:

          IMO, I would caution on what the trade for leverage include. Such as many of the redacted notes etc remain redacted, forever. Retirement early no questions no responses, nothing here just move along. Next

          Barr usefulness over? Still wondering about Durham?


    • amazed treetop downlooker says:

      And Sidney as AG & after cleaning HOUSE, SC Justice, & Gen. Flynn, Nat Sec Advisor to remotely begin, then Chairman of the JC of Staff, to complete Pentagon housecleaning !

      Liked by 1 person

    • Tom Hansen says:

      Sydney Powell should replace Wray. Ratcliff is perfect for ODNI.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Rj says:

      This ranks right up there with Bobby Mueller using Whitey Bulger to kill for the Fan Belt Inspectors in Boston.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Ozium says:

        I am sorry to say Smiling Bob wasn’t the one tied to Whitey. He was a DOJ US Attorney. After he blew a high profile case on the Hell’s Angles in San Fran. Bill Weld brought him to Boston to rehab his career (blue blood brotherhood). He knowingly continued to keep 4 innocent men in jail for the murder of Teddy Deegan.

        Mueller sent a letter to the parole board recommending the 4 men remain in prison. Two of them died before getting out. Mueller is a skunk, but he wasn’t with the FBI in Boston. H. Paul Rico and John Connolly were the FBI agents most closely tied to the Bulger crew.

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    • emet says:

      Agent Camerena’s 30 hours of torture were recorded, and it has long been believed that CIA agents or assets were present during this.

      Liked by 2 people

  6. President Trump doesn’t squander any leverage, just like he uses the buying power of the American populace in his trade deals.

    Every time I think of how the Senate rolls over for a leftist Supreme Court nominee such as the proudly partisan “wise” Latina or the heavily conflicted lesbian it makes me sick, just rubber-stamping people who never had any intention of following the Constitution (or the mental chops to do it if they had wanted), they just want to change the nation. (“Hope and change,” “fundamentally transform,” etc.). They could learn from President Trump.

    Liked by 6 people

  7. grahampink says:

    Is the SSCI also where it’s decided guys like Phil Haney commit suicide?
    Asking for a friend.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. zekness says:

    this is a terrific selection. Radcliffe is one of the most qualified, intelligent, confident, originalist lawmakers in DC for this work. He has a keen nose and good heart and a strong desire to re-shape the IC community.

    John is a strong believer…has operated in the heritage foundation. is deeply committed reconciling problems within the IC.

    John is going to be in a position to make big difference. He will need the support and prayers as negotiates the mind fields that lay ahead.

    great choice…not a wimp.

    Liked by 18 people

  9. paintbrushsage says:

    Like a boss!

    Liked by 11 people

    • Maria is about the best interviewer on television. She also knows more about FISA abuse than anyone on television, IMHO.

      Liked by 12 people

    • zekness says:

      Maria is priceless….whatever Fox is paying her, it’s not close to her true value.

      In my opinion, Maria should be holding the anchor spot at fox and let hannity do “his thing” on saturday morning…and only on the 6th weekend of the 15th month! His show is embarrassing to watch tbh. She has the chops with the business segment, so they should have zero problems soliciting ad sponsors.

      Maria has always been sharp, direct, and intelligent enough to get out of the way of the story and her guests/sources…and then to enhance it with a tempo and buildup and follow through that doesn’t get side tracked into irrelevant rants. She has a solid record. Some small defects on the business cycle stuff, but she has always been pretty even and balanced about realities of the market. I like that. A lot!

      And I have to admit, I’ve always had a serious “thing” for Maria. Goes way way back. She really is my kind of woman. (are you listening Maria…lol…..I can dream right?)

      And I mean that with all the respect…not a sexual misogynistic thing. I consider Maria to be so very special than the “other” bubble heads that fox installs for plainly “looks” and appeal. When the only punk rock musicians that matters write a song about a newsie, you know there is something very special.

      Maria rocks.

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  10. freespeechfanatic says:

    “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.”

    “War”? How absurd. Why is the idea of Republicans in the Senate actually fighting FOR the President so unheard of? The Stupid Party, indeed.

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  11. Elric VIII says:

    It is looking like President Trump has the RINOs in a half nelson. I may be overly optimistic, bit I’ll predict that he gets them in a full Nelson before Election Day, consolidates MAGA in the Senate, and sweeps the House along with his reelection. No previous president has shown the political savvy and survivability that President Trump has displayed.

    Liked by 15 people

  12. saywhat64 says:

    And after Ratcliff is sworn in, he can appoint General Flynn as his special deputy director. Flynn should be exonerated by then.

    Liked by 6 people

  13. complicated business taking out the lumps.

    Liked by 2 people

  14. MAGA truth seeker says:

    Would the Senate approve of Ratcliffe before the nod to renew the FISA? If not, what’s keeping McConnell from backing out?


  15. Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

    Don’t see a reason why Ratcliffe cannot or would not keep Kash Patel.
    Patel knows FISA abuse first hand as well.

    Give em the clean renewal.
    Then let RatKash help expose to the American people just how dirty that clean is.
    You can take OxyClean to FISA anytime.

    Liked by 3 people

    • OhNoYouDont says:

      I like your “RatKash” moniker…

      The best way to expose billions/trillions of dollars of swamp “rat cash,” is with the intelligence gathering dynamic duo of ..da da da da, da da da … “RatKash!”

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  16. When I read P/T had nominated Ratcliff again, and he had just had a meeting with McConnell, I reached the same conclusion as SD…Ratcliff in exchange for FISA. I am conflicted as I believe the FISA court, in particular, is unAmerican and should be abolished, should never had been formed. But I do think Ratcliff is a man of integrity. Well, P/T has to do what he has to do to make progress in this area.

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    • One year extension for up to five years DNI is a fair trade, especially with Ratcliffe and Patel at ODNI for oversight.

      “Art of the Deal”

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      • amazed treetop downlooker says:

        Prefer CONTINGENT 6 month FISA extension, if possible to become effective ONLY at time of confirmation, as maximum compromise on confirmation of John Ratcliiffe as ODNI, which potentially could turtle on that long in the Senate, only AFTER Flynn exoneration & clear signal that FISA abuser/scamsters WILL be criminally liable…

        VSGPDJT CAN sell this to his MAGA/KAG rally-ers & the American Patriot citizenry.
        No problem with an EXPIRED status for those Patriot Abuse Act provisions that terminate on March 15…this hopefully would effect dependable “turtle gallop” pace for confirmation.

        BTW, after attempting a death death-blow to the stock markets, economy & PT’s legacy of freedom restoring/winning leadership, I fear the DS will try to unleash COVID-19 on the rallies…wouldn’t put it past them for a nanosecond !


        • meow4me2 says:

          Have to say, I’ve wondered same. Just to stop the President from doing them. Somehow, I think he’d find a way, like a huge online watch party, but more fun.


        • J says:

          Id have to think that it would be considered crimes against humanity if they used coronavirus in that way. That is an escalation Im not sure they would make. Assasination? I wouldnt put it past them. But seriously, biological warfare? They may as well nuke a rally.


  17. Retired IG says:

    Love the news re the Ratcliffe re-nomination and your analysis of the situation Sundance. Had a good laugh re spitting in a hurricane.
    What’s another stint of free for all spying compared to Ratcliffe’s being the DNI? I’ll take the latter any day.
    I feel something good, CLEAN, and clear within whenever Radcliffe speaks. Yes, it feels like REAL SUNSHINE, Just watch the ROACHES and SPIDERS start scurrying for their hidey holes. Imagine Warner in the SUNLIGHT. Can someone take a video for me PLEASE?

    Liked by 3 people

    • wyoskeptic says:

      I see this move as being very similar to a Knights Fork in chess. There, the knight threatens two pieces at the same time. No matter the move, one piece is going to be taken. Not a win-win, but taking one piece off the board helps. This is a superlative move!

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  18. paintbrushsage says:

    It is impossible to pick which FBI director/former FBI director Ratcliffe questioned better (Comey about Hillary interview, Mueller on his report, Wray on FISA abuse). Ratcliffe is an impossibly great pick for ODNI! Thanks President Trump

    Liked by 7 people

    • Robert Smith says:

      It would be like a movie scene if they showed more Mueller sad face.

      Liked by 1 person

    • RatedProduct says:

      Call me weird but that little bit of video is more fun to watch than the ’16 election meltdown compilations. Damn he’s good!

      Liked by 3 people

    • mac says:

      Man! That was a SERIOUS tongue-lashing, and Ratcliffe completely justified his reasons for inflicting it. He just simply ripped Mueller a new anal orifice. Of course, in a just country, Mueller and his entire legal team would be looking at a damned long stretch in a Federal prison for conspiracy to commit illegal acts.

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    • I became a major Ratcliffe fan after that hearing because he hit Mueller on the two things I was screaming about from the moment I read Barr’s summary of the report’s principal conclusions:

      1) If Mueller didn’t make a prosecution or declination decision with respect to obstruction, Volume II had no lawful purpose. Should have been fed to the shredder.

      2) “Does not exonerate” is just not a thing in our system of justice. Also should have been fed to the shredder.

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  19. Bogeyfree says:

    Let’s see………

    1) Uranium One and 2 U1 WB buried – Check

    2) Hammer Program, WB and 47 Hard Drives buried – Check

    3) HRC Server and 33k Emails buried – Check

    4) Wiener Laptop and NYPD testimony buried – Check

    5) FISA Abuse buried – Check

    6) FIB Contractor Abuse of NSA database buried – Check

    7) Unmasking of hundreds of Americans buried – Check

    8) Knowledge that Mifsud was always a western agent / asset and his phone suppressed – Check

    9) Assange’s knowledge of how Wikileaks got the DNC emails suppressed – Check

    10) Small Group DOJ/FIB texts, emails and communications suppressed – Check

    11) Leaking of classified information and violation of DOJ/FIB policy decline to prosecute – Check

    12) Scope Documents and 1st & 2nd FISA requests suppressed – Check

    13) Seth Rich murder investigation documents buried – Check

    14) Impeachment WB Documents suppressed – Check

    15) Ukraine Money Laundering evidence suppressed – Check

    Seriously, how can people who are responsible for the rule of law and seeing that justice prevails equally to all, look at this list and not be totally embarrassed by the lack of justice that exists within DC??

    IMO they have made a mockery out of the words EQUAL JUSTICE.

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  20. Bob, Esq. says:

    Thank you Sundance.

    Supposedly Gina Haspel briefed the gang of eight yesterday morning. Anyone know why?


  21. JohnCasper says:

    “However, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell, along with AG Bill Barr, want a clean FISA renewal without public hearings….”

    The Axis of the anti-Founding Fathers. All of whom would consider them even worse than King George.

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  22. OhNoYouDont says:

    Republican move allows House Intel to resume work – POLITICO

    There is also a chamber rule that each side of the aisle must have at least one member who also serves on the House Judiciary Committee, which Ratcliffe (R-Texas) does, replacing former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who, along with three other panel Republicans, retired from Congress this year.

    Elected in 2014, Ratcliffe was immediately tapped to chair the House Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee, which he did until the Democrat-controlled Congress convened.

    He was also picked to serve 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.

    Prior to his election, former President George W. Bush in 2004 named Ratcliffe the chief of anti-terrorism and national security for the Eastern District of Texas. He was appointed U.S. attorney for the same district in 2007. It’s that investigate background that led McCarthy to pick him for the panel’s open slot.

    This Congress marks the first time McCarthy is hand-picking members to serve on Intelligence. McCarthy personally informed at least 70 lawmakers who sought a spot on the panel but didn’t get a seat, further delaying the Ratcliffe announcement.


  23. Ellis says:

    If Grenell has all the same powers now, why not let him just declassify everything and not do a clean bill? What does a deal for Ratcliffe give the president he doesn’t already have? As slowly as this stuff happens I would hope Grenell has already started!

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    • Pew-Anon says:

      Good question, I was thinking similar thoughts. And I would add…

      The ODNI is an existential issue for the SSCI. Anyone they ultimately approve for that position, even reluctantly, means they don’t feel existentially threatened. So I’m not keen on Ratcliffe delivering the kind of justice we want. Further, despite how much we like Ratcliffe, he (along with all the other Freedom Caucus types, including Nunes) still spews the “Russia-hacked-the-election” lie. This tells me he might get right up to that threshold, but won’t ever go past it to expose what’s on the other side, namely the domestic political espionage institution that’s been around since at least 9/11.

      I hope he proves me completely wrong. But I’m not holding my breath.


  24. Bogeyfree says:

    My guess is they approve Radcliffe in exchange for the FISA renewal (not 1 yr extension) and then the minute PT signs the legislation they go after Radcliffe on chump up bogus innuendo and either impeach him or smear him to the point he has to resign.

    Thus in the end McConnell gets his way.

    PT will NEVER has leverage on McConnell.

    The best option is We the People SACRIFICE McConnell in the Nov election.

    It is time to rid PT of this cancer.

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    • Linda K. says:

      The jig is almost up for the bad guys. Schumer said intel had 6 ways from Sunday to get you, but Donald John Trump has 7 ways outside the box to get what he wants. He never gives up.


      • Robert Smith says:

        There was a video of Nunes telling a story about Trump asking and re-asking him about the possibility of winning California in the general election. Trump won’t give up.


    • Chip Doctor says:

      Bogey, PT is not going to be snookered by Mitch. PT has been working for three plus years to gain leverage. Mitch has been trying to hang onto leverage for three plus years. I’ll take the guy on offense every time. Especially when it is Donald J Trump.


    • amazed treetop downlooker says:

      Do AGREE Turtle needs to be run out, or politically run OVER, in November…BUT ALSO, do BELIEVE that VSGPDJT & Patriots Team do have a plan that will make this horse trading work, as they sprint past McTurtle, who thinks he has control, as he is used to, NOT !
      We’ll see soon enuf…
      …a critical opening indication will be if Ratcliffe is confirmed FIRST, or no later than SIMULTANEOUSLY…if NEITHER, then your feared scenario may occur, BUT…

      Mitch KNOWS how effective PT can be to mobilize KY Patriots to effect his 1/21 retirement


  25. Mike Lee DelMarcelle says:

    What will be interesting to see is who is most worried about this nomination. We should be able to tell by watching who pops up in the news to complain about it.


  26. We are stuck with Burr until Jan. 2023 but Warner is up this November. He only beat Gillespie by 1% in 2014. If the Republicans in Virginia can get their act together I believe either Faulkner or Gade could take him out. Neither of them are politicians. Faulkner is a Georgetown basketball star, Navy Reserve and appears very bright and well spoken. Gade is a disabled vet, lost a leg at the hip, West Point and two doctorates and tough as nails. I am going to do my little bit to help either if they are the nominee in June and the VA Reps can get their game on. Just asking Treepers to give them a look because Warner has inside the beltway behind him and they will need help from outside VA to compete. Would love to see that human scum neutered Nov 3.

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  27. Perot Conservative says:

    Good insight & logic.

    Here is my next-level question. What is in it for McConnell, Burr, & the corrupt Intelligence Community?

    Since they’re so corrupt, compromised, and self-centered, why do they care about FISA renewal?

    Let’s assume they don’t really authentically care about the next Boston Bomber, or sidewalk Jihadist.

    So why do they want the renewal? Are they still spying on the Trump inner circle? I wouldn’t put it past them, given that yanked security clearances of departed officials – weren’t yanked.

    Or given the three-hop rule, they could have FISA’s on tangental figures and still get access to virtually everyone. Deep State skulduggery has to be addictive. Knowledge is power. They may be trying to keep tabs on Durham, or other key players.


    • Robert Smith says:

      On a more crass level maybe they are just monetizing it.


    • Pew-Anon says:

      FISA is the “insurance policy” for the domestic political espionage institution that the surveillance state has become. When they get caught, they just gin up a FISA warrant and, poof, all their prior illegal spying is retroactively legal, just like what they did with PT. For this reason, FISA is critically important to the surveillance state. They could not safely conduct domestic political espionage without it.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Snellvillebob says:

      Most likely the European Globalists want to keep their access to the NSA database. Remember that 85% of searches were illegal.


    • zekness says:

      spy powers, the information, is highly valuable…politically…and financially….and it’s a means to have “dirt” on a competitor or even an ally.

      prior to the patriot act, congress had limited ways to glean this information.

      patriot act significantly enhanced the star chamber level of intel acces…all “legal”.

      no one can “watch the watchers”…

      we KNOW that congress can legally escape discipline and violations of insider trading…it’s common. And its documented. Congress has special protected access…they wrote the laws that provide this access and the unrestricted utilization of this data.

      patriot act gives them superior literally no risk “sure thing” data that affords them untold access. And they use it.

      reforming fisa and/or patriot is a direct threat to this special access.

      and this isn’t just related to certain congress people in g-o-8…’s widespread, shared, and intentionally so. The perfect heist is when you can involve everyone you know in the scheme, including the very law enforcement and IC community and media groups that pretend to perform some duty to investigate corruption.

      again, it’s important to understand why assange and wikileaks is such a threat to this institutionalized corrupt “deep state”…He reveals the relationships, the secretive means and methods, and the corruption.

      the last time a real investigative reporter did serious work to unravel the unethical use of secret intelligence for self enrichment…a classic textbook case of insider trading by any other desscription…was a piece done I think it was 2008….60 minutes….and Boehner was the subject. Since that “explosive” report was inveiled on national tv…the “press” has never dared to touch the subject at all. Wonder why? That media group was given it’s new marching orders and nothing became of this great piece of journalism….not a single investigation was launched of any significance…not one person was called to account..not one hearing …no indictments. not one.

      it was around that point in time, when the media realized reporting corruption was not nearly as fascinating as getting in on the business of being complicit…acting more or less as the insulation for hire. You need some money, abc? Here…we’ll toss you this story, now go away. You need a good sponsor for ad revenue……now go away..

      this evolved to a deep level of coordination between the corrupt officials in congress, their immediate staff and the press. The IC (read: CIA and state department) enhanced this coordination with valuable leaks….many of which are complete fabrications…narrated to demonstrate explosive head line, eye grabbing, clickable content. All money…piles of it.

      and this isn’t just related to the US….this is a global pandemic now.

      the media has become what the FISA and patriot act could never truly establish on its own for these corrupt officials. With the aid of the media, the very last line of defense for reporting and testing for corruption, evaporates.

      and it has.

      this is where we are right now.

      and yet….somehow, patriots can still peer into the abyss and see the evil and the corruption and fight against it. We are at a special moment, because I will say this:

      if this thing is not defeated, I have serious doubts that the next generation of patriots can be successful in restoring our nation back to honor and decency.

      we are already seeing the signs…online content and particularly historical data is the subject of much effort by the corrupt..they want to re-write and create the technologies to make all of it go away.


      • Pew-Anon says:

        “reforming fisa and/or patriot is a direct threat to this special access.”

        They are already accessing the surveillance apparatus, with or without FISA. FISA is nice for them because it makes all their illegal spying retroactively legal when they get caught. To wit, Crossfire Hurricane.


  28. RoninInCA says:

    There are several positive things that can come from this appointment.. He will be confirmed and mobile..


  29. A2 says:

    Senators Burr and Warner introduced a bill to end the metadata collection provision on 6 December.

    It has not made it to the floor. This article explains some of the details.

    This provides some background from 2018 on the objections to renewing those sections of the Act, which was bipartisan,


  30. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Liked by 2 people

    • Bogeyfree says:

      Now if PT would provide Grenell and/or Radcliffe 100% authority to declassify without redactions, any document related to…….

      Hammer Program
      Wiener Laptop
      HRC Server and 33k Emails
      Russia Collusion
      CP FISA submission and renewals
      DNC e-mail hack and Assange
      FIB Contractor Abuse
      Mifsud, Halper, PapaD, CP
      FIB/DOJ texts, emails and communication from 2015-2017
      Scope memos
      All communications between FIB and SSCI
      SSCI emails and texts
      Impeachment documents, emails, texts and communications
      Barr and Wray texts, emails and communications 2017-2019
      Ukraine Documents

      Just for starters!

      Because without it it will remain buried for eternity IMO.

      IMO the nomination of Grenell/Radcliffe tells me PT is giving up on Barr. But won’t/can’t make a Barr/Wray change until post Nov

      Liked by 2 people

      • California Joe says:

        Agreed! Barr and Durham are another Laurel and Hardy only not as funny! If there is no federal grand jury, and apparantly there isn’t because Carter Page would be GJ witness No. 1, whatever Durham is doing is another joke.


    • free.and.true says:

      My first thought exactly on reading this news. Rock or hard place for the swamp.

      Just hoping PDJT made the deal even sweeter for transparency and liberty than we can yet discern.


    • IGiveUp says:

      Trump can have no FISA renewal and either Grenell or Ratcliff. That’s hardball! What this is is pussyball. But, I want the stronger side to win. So good luck to the Dems.


  31. C-Low says:

    Great compromise. Ratliff is hardcore and with the power provided put in some real results oriented work.

    I know many disagree but FISA system and the Patriot Act is a valuable tool if used in its original intent to protect the US mainland against terrorist. Against terrorist allot times you are either time sensitive, don’t have evidence past possible motive, or cannot use such evidence in open court without losing abilities. example tying blind shiek to Obama was done via cell phone taps that resulted in outing of ability, resulting in terrorist changing procedures to avoid such. Like all weapons or tools its the people controlling it that make it bad or good.

    The problem was Obama and his cronies who corrupted/abused those resources to turn the into political weapons. What is really needed is real reform, real restrictions on who what orgs and targets can be leveraged through the system. Then of course absolute records and chain held to access in case such abuse is suspected in the future. The reports of thousands of request from tons of requesters without even knowing who actually requested what in some cases is just made for abuse.

    Like the TSA system of targeted searching and questioning travelers. A copy of the Israeli system that has kept the largest target of airplane terrorism safe from such action for decades. Obama eliminated the “targeting” part claiming racism, made it random or across the board even and you end up with a useless system that serves no purpose but to harrass travelers for no reason.

    Liked by 2 people

    • nimrodman says:

      The problem was Obama and his cronies who corrupted/abused those resources to turn them into political weapons.

      Yeah, DOMESTIC political weapons

      Funny, but isn’t the first word in FISA ‘Foreign’?

      Liked by 1 person

      • cheering4america says:

        All it takes is a knowingly false allegation of conspiring with a known cooperating foreign CIA/FBI “Confidential Human Source” such as Mifsud or Halper to be able to transform Foreign into Domestic spying.


  32. JohnCasper says:

    One FISA Star Chamber is one FISA Star Chamber too many.

    Liked by 2 people

  33. TheWanderingStar says:

    Why would McConnell want to protect the likes of Warner and Burr? What dark secret is Mitch the Bitch trying to hide? Were they or have they in the past operated on Mitch’s orders? Inquiring minds want to know.


  34. OhNoYouDont says:

    Do you think FISA helped the intelligence of the tracking of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Qasem Soleimani?

    DNI designee John Ratcliffe knows the importance of FISA in regards of national security.

    “…it 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, such as Section 702, which is not up for reauthorization …”

    John Ratcliffe @1:20:46

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


  35. Chieftain says:

    Speaking of leverage.
    Mitch McConnell’s wife Elaine Chao is Secretary of Transportation. There are reports that people arriving at JFK in NYC from Italy are not being screened for illness. What happens to Chao if a corona outbreak is traced to airline passengers not being screened?


    • emet says:

      The screening is done by CDC and CBP officers. Nothing to do with Dept of Transportation. There is always a certain level of screening for illness at large international airports, and suck passengers are routine. They are equipped to handle situations. The CDC and CBP are daily exposed to all sorts of diseases, from all over the world.
      Chao stand to inherit a piece of Foremost Maritime, so she is not worried where her next meal will come from.


    • nimrodman says:

      South Korea arrivals aren’t being screened either


  36. IGiveUp says:

    No deal! Let McConnell and Schumer and Schiff and Pelosi and Brennan and all the other !&#eo(kj!!’ers decide if they want Grenell or Ratcliffe. No need to make a deal. stop pussyfooting with the enemy. Nuke them.


  37. NC Nana says:

    God bless Congressman Ratcliffe and President Trump for going through this again.

    I can’t think of a person that would do a better job than Mr. Ratcliffe. KAG 2020!

    Liked by 2 people

  38. Doppler says:

    I would let it support an extension of a year in exchange for Ratcliffe, if PDJT wants him, if he’s part of a Trump plan to destroy the Deep State.

    Liked by 1 person

  39. Fools Gold says:

    Perfect timing if you ask me. I think more announcements are forthcoming. Giddy up!


  40. bulwarker says:

    So Ratcliffe is promising what? I’ve heard nothing of substance. You think he will declassify and hold people accountable with the election looming? No chance. We don’t need another Barr. Stop violating our civil liberties. Kill FISA. Put a stake in it.


  41. sundance says:


    • JL says:

      That’s excellent to hear from Cotton, who is very much an establishment squish. If he’s wholeheartedly supporting Ratcliffe, that means fools like Lamar Alexander and potentially even Collins and Murkowski are as well.


  42. California Joe says:

    Why not leverage the firing of Michael Atkinson the ICIG in the deal too. McConnell would throw him under the bus in a heartbeat. Consequences!


    • cheering4america says:

      I’m less clear than many others here on the federal employment laws, but wouldn’t firing Atkinson remove him from being required to testify to Congress should Graham ever actually get around to conducting a legitimate inquiry on this continuing coup effort?


  43. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Liked by 3 people

    • Blind no Longer says:

      LOLOLOLOL!!! Looks like everything is being ignored this week due to the Corona virus. People have stopped paying attention to everything accept the virus and the stock market.


  44. IGiveUp says:

    RepRtcliffe is a great pic! This way when the Senate refuses to confirm him we get Grenell for 7 more months, we get to veto Fisa, and we get Durham’s indictments which will put the members of the SSCI in jail. Then if Trump still wants Ratcliffe, he can have him without objection. That’s the plan right? We’re really here to win, right? We really want to dismantle the corrupt Deep State right?

    Just asking for a cynical friend…


  45. JL says:

    I think Ratcliffe as DNI plus clean FISA extension is actually better than FISA reform before extension and no Ratcliffe,


    Ratcliffe lives up to expectations. If the FISA abuse is as bad as we think it is, Ratcliffe will make sure everyone knows about it. And if he makes sure everyone knows about it, FISA will be reformed or repealed. Then we get BOTH Ratcliffe and FISA fixes.

    If Ratcliffe also exposes SSCI, then that’s just a cherry on top of the cake we’ll be having and eating too.


    • mr.piddles says:

      “I think Ratcliffe as DNI plus clean FISA extension is actually better than FISA reform before extension and no Ratcliffe”

      Mm. Might be on the right track here. Here’s what I’m thinking… and maybe this is oversimplifying reality… but here goes:
      * FISA/Patriot Act/USA Freedom Act/whatever define the WHAT … i.e., what surveillance powers are granted
      * The individual surveillance components — CIA, NSA, FBI, DOJ, etc. — define the HOW… i.e. the manner in which the granted powers are exercised

      The legislation may ultimately enforce certain “restrictions” (in quotes) on the HOW, but that doesn’t stop the component parts from going beyond the legislative requirements. Yes? No?

      If FISA is renewed in it’s current form, with the goal/promise of implementing major reforms at the legislative level… that doesn’t stop the DNI from implementing procedural reform on a both a larger (multi-organizational) scale, as well as with laser focus in certain, particularly risky, areas. Of course, policies and procedures can be abused… but so can FISA/Patriot Act/USA Freedom Act/whatever.

      So… if you need somebody to crack the whip, continue the house cleaning, institute SERIOUS reform of the HOW… then who would you want in the job? A Ratcliffe would be a good choice, of course. Deep State Shenanigans notwithstanding.

      Again… perhaps I’m oversimplifying…


  46. sundance says:

    Liked by 4 people

    • nimrodman says:

      Yeah, but FISA’s not the entire problem, no?

      Dems did years of shady / illegal NSA surveillance before getting FISA warrants in place

      What’s to prevent continued Dem NSA retrievals and pirating the results out the back door?


  47. Sen. BurrWarner, the Two-Headed Constitutional Monster, damn sure didn’t want Ratcliffe in place during Impeachment.

    Now they can pick their poison: Grenell or Ratcliffe. heh.


    • They, especially Warner, will take their chances with Grenell. due to his inexperience in the IC. Neither Burr or Warner want anything to do with Ratcliffe – he knows too much.

      I believe any deal made between PDJT and the Turtle only entails getting the Turtle’s verbal support., I don’t think the Turtle has any leverage over the two Senators.


  48. Julian says:

    On with the re-authorisation as long as the Confirmation of Ratcliffe comes first which seems unlikely given FISA expires in two weeks!


  49. Jus wundrin says:

    Nanzi is already hissing and spitting like the snake she is over this.

    With the carona virus killing Chinese commerce, was pART of the deal with ol McConnells wife’s families shipping interests to get Rattcliffes nomination secured? They gotta be hurting in the finances lately.


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