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Rep. Ratcliffe withdraws himself from consideration for DNI position, Trump to nominate new candidate

Last updated on August 6, 2019

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) released the following statement on his decision to withdraw from consideration for DNI:

“While I am and will remain very grateful to the President for his intention to nominate me as Director of National Intelligence, I am withdrawing from consideration. I was humbled and honored that the President put his trust in me to lead our nation’s intelligence operations and remain convinced that when confirmed, I would have done so with the objectivity, fairness and integrity that our intelligence agencies need and deserve. However, I do not wish for a national security and intelligence debate surrounding my confirmation, however untrue, to become a purely political and partisan issue. The country we all love deserves that it be treated as an American issue. Accordingly, I have asked the President to nominate someone other than me for this position.”

In a statement on Friday afternoon, President Trump announced that Congressman Ratcliffe would remain in his current position; a new nomination would be made.

Updated 9:30pm to add Tweet from President Trump regarding the situation.

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