Delicious Dynamic – John Ratcliffe ODNI Confirmation Hearing Tomorrow – Senate Intel Committee 9:30am ET

An interesting dynamic unfolds tomorrow as the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) will be holding the confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee, John Ratcliffe.  As a result of earlier political moves the SSCI is between a rock and a hard place.

The SSCI is the drain-plug in the swamp. They use their corrupt oversight power and confirmation authority to control the intelligence apparatus (swamp guards) and ensure that no executive branch officer can disrupt or disclose their corrupt Senate schemes.

President Trump nominated Representative John Ratcliffe, an intelligence community reformer, for the position of Director of National Intelligence (DNI).  The SSCI previously rejected Ratcliffe because his existence is adverse to their interests.  However, in response Trump installed honey badger Richard “Ric” Grenell as the acting DNI.

The SSCI hates Grennel with the ferocity of a thousand supernovas because Grenell doesn’t give a f**k about their swamp life. Better yet, Grenell smacks them around publicly on Twitter whenever the SSCI dispatch the orcs from the deep swamp intelligence apparatus.  Every time orcs poke their heads out of the DC labyrinth, Grenell smacks them with a billion mega-watt sunlight hammer. They shriek and retreat to the dungeon.

The good news for the SSCI is that Grenell can only stay in the ‘acting’ role until September of this year.  However, the bad news is if the SSCI rejects John Ratcliffe then Ric Grenell gets another year to antagonize the corrupt senators, swing the sunlight hammer & expose the darkest secrets of their beloved swamp.  {{Grumble – Grumble}}

As a result President Trump has pinned the SSCI into the corner of their cave.  If the SSCI rejects Ratcliffe, they are stuck with Grenell; and Ric really is a guy who doesn’t give a f**k about the SSCI’s indulgent self-interest and thirst for power.

As Senator Angus King said: “If we vote down Ratcliffe, we’re stuck with Grenell.

[Insert Angus sad face here]

Too darned funny.

New York Times -President Trump first picked Representative John Ratcliffe of Texas to be the nation’s intelligence chief last summer, but resistance in the Republican Senate was so firm that Mr. Ratcliffe’s name was withdrawn before his nomination ever became official.

Eight months later, Mr. Ratcliffe is back. On Tuesday, he will step before many of those same lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee for a confirmation hearing to be the director of national intelligence — this time as a full-fledged nominee whose prospects have vastly improved as Republican opposition has softened.

[…] The reversal in fortune has been remarkable, even by the standards of Trump-era Washington. It arguably has as much to do with Richard Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, as it does with Mr. Ratcliffe, officials involved in the confirmation process said.

Key Republican senators including Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, the Intelligence Committee chairman, are uneasy about Mr. Grenell, an aggressive defender of the president who has moved to reshape the office while making liberal use of his Twitter account to spar with the news media and Democrats. (Mr. Grenell also continues to serve as the ambassador to Germany.)

[…] Mr. Ratcliffe will say that depoliticizing the intelligence agencies would be one of his top priorities as director — a promise that could alarm Democrats who see such comments as a euphemism for pulling the agencies closer to Mr. Trump’s views.

[…] Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the panel’s top Democrat, said he would give Mr. Ratcliffe a respectful hearing but made clear he viewed him as part of a broader attempt by Mr. Trump to politicize the nation’s intelligence apparatus.

[…] The White House has made clear the only alternative to Mr. Ratcliffe is Mr. Grenell, the acting director, who can continue in the role through September, although his term would be extended further if the Senate rejects Mr. Ratcliffe.

Even on an interim basis, Mr. Grenell has declared that he is “not a seat warmer” and set about remaking the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, beginning a review aimed at shrinking the office, replacing the leader of the National Counterterrorism Center and studying whether to reduce intelligence sharing with countries that criminalize homosexuality.

Senators acknowledge that the vote could come down to their preference between the two men.

“The fellow that is the acting is just as partisan, if not more so than Congressman Ratcliffe,” Mr. King said. “If we vote down the congressman, we are still left with a partisan in the position. In effect, we are choosing between Grenell and Ratcliffe.” (read more)

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528 Responses to Delicious Dynamic – John Ratcliffe ODNI Confirmation Hearing Tomorrow – Senate Intel Committee 9:30am ET

  1. I Hear You Now says:

    retweeted by @The_War_Economy who Sundance says is one of the best researchers in the world 🙂

    Liked by 20 people

    • Patriot1783 says:

      Thank you for posting.
      Everyone.should.watch.this.exchange.again.

      Liked by 9 people

    • doohmax says:

      It appears The Swamp is more afraid of Grenell, who will resume trips to the woodshed for the Deep Staters if Ratcliffe is not confirmed.

      Liked by 3 people

    • MGB says:

      This is a nice speech by Ratcliffe, however, he should have framed questions that would have required Mueller to answer on the record. Mr. Mueller, do you agree that a bedrock principle of the American criminal justice system is that a defendant accused of a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This protection comes from the due process guarantees in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution? That requires a yes or no answer. Mr. Mueller, you were appointed with the responsibility to investigate and determine if probable cause existed to charge President Trump with a crime? Correct? isn’t it true that after completing your investigation, you did not determine that probable cause existed to charge President Trump with any crime? Mr. Mueller, isn’t also true that even if you had concluded that there was probable cause to charge President Trump with a crime, he would still be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt? Yes or No. Further, Mr. Mueller, as a United States Attorney, you do not have any statutory or common law authority to exonerate anyone? Yet you wrote in your report that you did not exonerate the President? Did you write this report yourself? Was it your decision to include in that report that you did not exonerate the President? If it wasn’t you who made that decision, who is the person that made the decision to include that language in your report? In all of your years as a prosecutor, have you ever once indicated in a report or other document released to the public, that you were not bringing charges against a defendant, but that you were not exonerating him? But you did so in this case? You did so because you were pressured by the partisans you assembled to investigate this President? And you did so to embarrass and humiliate the President of the United States? On and on…..

      Liked by 4 people

      • reliablydeplorable says:

        Agree wholeheartedly. Get Mueller stating that the language of this report is unconstitutional and arbitrary, constructed as an effort to justify the coup that the FBI and DOJ (among others) were engaging themselves in. Get it in his own words so that it cannot be viewed as a partisan response to dismiss the report. The report should be dismissed because Mueller says that it has no basis in law and that it was predicated on extending the efforts to effect a coup of the duly elected President.

        Your questions are the right way to lead Mueller into such a declaration. I wish that Republicans had spent more time grilling Mueller and forcing him to respond than in grandstanding for their base. In the end, such tough questioning would have been far more beneficial and impossible to dismiss.

        Liked by 2 people

      • romy911 says:

        Excellent questions. I don’t remember any Republican getting a coherent answer from Mueller during the hearing. Mueller stumbled, bumbled & ran out the clock by asking questions to be repeated. Then he would answer, “that wasn’t my per view,” “I refer you to my written report.” He stated he was NOT familiar with the Steele dossier.
        At the time I wondered if he was senile or if it was an act. Looks likely that it was an act and he will use the appearance of senility/confusion as his defense. The poor, confused Honorable Mr. Mueller.

        Liked by 3 people

    • trump20162024 says:

      The “Special Counsel” wasn’t special. It was an attempted coup.

      Liked by 3 people

  2. I Hear You Now says:

    retweeted just now by President @realDonaldTrump 🙂

    Liked by 5 people

  3. Tom Hansen says:

    Burr should be stripped of his Chairmanship. He, along with Warner are the gatekeepers of the deep state swamp. Ratcliffe is an excellent choice for the permanent ODNI. As long as the SSCI refuses to confirm Trump’s picks, then Grenell is the perfect attack dog to continue to clean out that deep state swamp.

    Liked by 10 people

  4. Linda K. says:

    This confirmation is interesting. Ratcliffe knows he is in and that they don’t want him.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. azchick says:

    I love how PDJT plays these swamp dwellers. I can hardly wait to see who , besides the American people, wins. Maybe PDJT could send Grenell, the Cleaner, to the FBI after this.

    Liked by 4 people

  6. sarasotosfan says:

    What a delicious dilemma for those rats!

    Too funny!

    Thanks Sundance. I’ll still be smiling about this when I close my eyes tonight!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. DiogeneseVindicated says:

    I sense a Ratcliffe FISA application comming in four, three, two…

    Like

  8. missycaulk says:

    That committee is bad. My gosh, Sasse already said he isn’t voting for President Trump, a bunch of RINO’s. I hope John gets in but win win either way.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. auscitizenmom says:

    I love this. I think this is my favorite post of the week. 🙂

    Like

  10. ezgoer says:

    Any Republican Senator who votes against Ratcliffe’s confirmation must be made to pay a severe price by the president. So far Trump has not retaliated when crossed. All presidents must command their troops on the HIll either through carrot or stick.

    Liked by 1 person

    • American Heritage says:

      The Dems have that control mechanism down to a science. Republicans need to send their RINOs to dog obedience school.

      Like

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