Ratcliffe says he looks forward to leaving politics behind as DNI chief

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said during a confirmation hearing that he looks forward to leaving politics behind if confirmed as Director of National Security.

Ratcliffe assured senators that he would be able to lead the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies impartially without trying to “re-litigate” impeachment.

He pointed to his previous position as a federal prosecutor as evidence that he can be apolitical.

“I stood up always to represent the United States of America,” Ratcliffe said. “Never one party or another. And I very much view that as this role for the DNI. I look forward to treating every member, Republican and Democrat,  exactly the same way. And, frankly, being out of politics.”

Trump said he nominated Ratcliffe as a strong presence to rein in what he called intel agencies that had “run amok.”

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