WASHINGTON (AP) — Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, will leave his job next month, President Trump announced Sunday, after a turbulent two years in which Coats and the president were often at odds over Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Trump announced Coats’ departure as Aug. 15 in a tweet that thanked Coats for his service. He said he will nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, to the post and that he will name an acting official in the coming days. Ratcliffe is a frequent Trump defender who fiercely questioned former special counsel Robert Mueller last week during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Coats often appeared out of step with Trump and disclosed to prosecutors how he was urged by the president to publicly deny any link between Russia and the Trump campaign. The frayed relationship reflected broader divisions between the president and the government’s intelligence agencies.
Dan Coats is out. He was one of the last “grown-ups” who put truth before loyalty to Trump, especially on the important topic of Russian interference in our election.
Here’s the mindless conspiracy theory crap he spread on Fox News just hours before his nomination:
Congressman and attorney John Ratcliffe is in following “his sharp questioning of former special counsel Robert Mueller during his congressional testimony last week.” Ratcliffe is likely to no follow the facts. This bodes badly for the 2020 election.
John Ratcliffe isn’t a shoo-in for DNI, folks. Many sources telling me that he won’t Coats to confirmation.— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) July 29, 2019