Chuck Schumer on John Ratcliffe: 'This reminds me of General Flynn'
President Donald Trump nominated John Ratcliffe for the next director of national intelligence, but not everyone is happy about it. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer doesn't see that as a good idea since he reminds him of national security advisor Michael Flynn.
Schumer said that his stance on Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas changed after he watched him questioning former special counsel Robert Mueller, which happened in late July. Talking to the press, Schumer expressed his concerns, saying that Ratcliffe is unqualified for this job in every way.
In 2017 General Michael Flynn confessed that he was lying to the FBI about his contacts and conversations with the Russian ambassador. He was one of the biggest Trump supporters and was asking for Hillary Clinton to be locked up before the President decided not to take her to court.
Ratcliffe criticized Mueller once he announced that he failed to exonerate Donald Trump. At the time, he gave a lesson to Mueller about his lack of objectivity, telling that in the US justice system, there is a presumption of innocence.
That is also the reason why Schumer thinks that he is not the man for the job, as Ratcliffe's strong support for President Trump will get in the way.
On July 28, it was reported that President Trump would nominate John Ratcliffe as a replacement for Dan Coats as director of national intelligence, though that was not officially confirmed. However, Maggie Haberman of the New York Times reported that Trump already met with Ratcliffe days before Mueller's testimony as they discussed the job.
Trump was impressed with his questioning of Robert Mueller, which only convinced him that Ratcliffe is the best possible choice. Before that, the President wanted to discontinue the position of the director of national intelligence. However, his advisors convinced him that this move is politically impossible.