ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
(AUDIO: John Ratcliffe grills Mueller)
CAPITOL HILL – That was Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas grilling former special counsel Robert Mueller III when Mueller testified before the House Judiciary Committee on July 24, 2019.
Now President Donald Trump has announced Ratcliffe will replace current Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats. Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon:
….be leaving office on August 15th. I would like to thank Dan for his great service to our Country. The Acting Director will be named shortly.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2019
Coats, a longtime United States senator from Indiana and later, United States Ambassador to Germany from 2001 to 2005, won plaudits from the intelligence community for giving the president unwaveringly honest assessments of threats throughout the world.
This is Coats telling a Senate panel that North Korea was not likely to give up its nuclear weapons, Iran was not yet seeking a nuclear weapon and ISIS remained a forceful presence in Iraq and Syria.
In other news, Trump continues his continual attacks on The Squad and Rep. Elijah Cummings with this tweet:
If the Democrats are going to defend the Radical Left “Squad” and King Elijah’s Baltimore Fail, it will be a long road to 2020. The good news for the Dems is that they have the Fake News Media in their pocket!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2019
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill