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Trump says DNI nominee Ratcliffe will "rein in" intelligence agencies

This image shows Ratcliffe speaking while wearing a suit at a hearing.
Ratcliffe questions former Special Counsel Robert Mueller on July 24, 2019. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump said on Tuesday that he believes the U.S. intelligence community has "run amok," and that Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), his controversial nominee to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence, would "rein it in."

Why it matters: Ratcliffe, who defended Trump and "downplayed the threat posed by Russia" at former special counsel Robert Mueller's hearing last week, is not well-known by many Republican senators or trusted by Democrats, per Politico. Democrats worry that as a "relentless critic of the Russia investigation," Ratcliffe would turn the director of national intelligence into a partisan position, in addition to lacking the necessary experience for the nation's top intelligence job, the NYT reports.