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The Senate Intelligence Committee has noticed a May 5 confirmation hearing for President Trump's nominee for director of national intelligence, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas).
The big picture: Trump had previously sought to nominate Ratcliffe in July 2019, but the Texas congressman withdrew his name in August as questions arose about his qualifications.
- Trump nominated Ratcliffe again in February to replacing acting DNI Richard Grenell, another staunch loyalist.
- Ratcliffe rose to prominence in part by defending the president during the Mueller investigation and Ukraine impeachment inquiry.
- Despite safety risks posed by the coronavirus, the Senate is returning on Monday in part to fulfill Trump's requests of approving his executive branch nominations.