Trump says he wants to ‘rein in’ US intelligence agencies

  
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Trump says he wants to ‘rein in’ US intelligence agencies

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Trump says he wants to ‘rein in’ US intelligence agencies



102b4830-25c0-11e7-a66a-23957430fe89_lat Zamira Rahim,The Independent 5 hours ago 






Donald Trump has said he wants to “rein in” US intelligence agencies, fuelling fears he wants the nation’s next spy chief to be someone loyal to him.

The president announced on Friday that Dan Coats, the current director of national intelligence, would leave his post on 15 August.

Mr Coats, a long time fixture of the Republican intelligence establishment, has repeatedly clashed with the president during his two-year-long tenure.

The president will nominate John Ratcliffe, a staunch Trump ally, to replace him.

And Mr Trump said the congressman “is going to do an incredible job, if he gets approved [by the Senate]”, while talking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday.

“I think we need somebody like that in there, “ he said.

“We need somebody strong that can rein it in. Because, as I think you’ve all learned, the intelligence agencies have run amok. They have run amok.”

Mr Coats, a former senator, is widely respected in Washington but had differences with the president over the Russia investigation.

The intelligence chief was of the view that Moscow, which allegedly interfered in the 2016 presidential election, remained a danger to the US; Mr Trump had a different perspective.

The pair also publicly clashed over the president’s refusal to challenge Vladimir Putinover Russia’s alleged interference in US politics last summer.

And Mr Coats was later forced to apologise for scoffing when told of the US leader’s decision to invite the Russian leader to Washington.

The president denied any “conflict” with the official on Tuesday, claiming that Mr Coats “was a friend”.

“Dan made statements and they were a little confused,” he added.

The president has repeatedly attacked the intelligence community during his two-and-a-half years in office.

His comments, along with his nomination of Mr Ratcliffe, have fuelled fears that the US leader is hoping to consolidate his power and lurch further into authoritarianism, while breaking political norms.

Mr Ratcliffe drew attention last week when he defended the president during a hearing in which former special counsel Robert Mueller testified on his two-year probe into Russia’s election interference.

“It’s clear that Rep Ratcliffe was selected because he exhibited blind loyalty to President Trump with his demagogic questioning of former special counsel Robert Mueller,” Chuck Schumer, the senate minority leader, said in a statement.

“If Senate Republicans elevate such a partisan player to a position that requires intelligence expertise and non-partisanship, it would be a big mistake.”


Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic presidential primary candidate, also condemned Mr Ratcliffe’s nomination.

“From day one, Trump has made his disdain for the intelligence community clear,” she said.

“Our Director of National Intelligence should be above partisan politics, speak truth to power, and resist Trump’s abuses of authority. John Ratcliffe doesn’t fit that bill.

Mr Coats will join a long list of senior officials to leave the administration since Mr Trump took office in January 2017, either through resignation or firing.

The list includes a defence secretary, attorney general, two national security advisers, a secretary of state, an FBI director, numerous top White House officials and assorted other cabinet members.

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Tessylo
1  seeder  Tessylo    3 weeks ago

What he wants is to stop the investigations into his corrupt thieving criminal thug grifter big fat ass.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
2  seeder  Tessylo    3 weeks ago

Mr Ratcliffe drew attention last week when he defended the president during a hearing in which former special counsel Robert Mueller testified on his two-year probe into Russia’s election interference.

“It’s clear that Rep Ratcliffe was selected because he exhibited blind loyalty to President Trump with his demagogic questioning of former special counsel Robert Mueller,” Chuck Schumer, the senate minority leader, said in a statement.

“If Senate Republicans elevate such a partisan player to a position that requires intelligence expertise and non-partisanship, it would be a big mistake.”

Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic presidential primary candidate, also condemned Mr Ratcliffe’s nomination.

“From day one, Trump has made his disdain for the intelligence community clear,” she said.

“Our Director of National Intelligence should be above partisan politics, speak truth to power, and resist Trump’s abuses of authority. John Ratcliffe doesn’t fit that bill.

Mr Coats will join a long list of senior officials to leave the administration since Mr Trump took office in January 2017, either through resignation or firing.

The list includes a defence secretary, attorney general, two national security advisers, a secretary of state, an FBI director, numerous top White House officials and assorted other cabinet members.

They need to put a revolving door at the White Trash House

 
 
 
luther28
3  luther28    3 weeks ago

Trump says he wants to ‘rein in’ US intelligence agencies

Well he is certainly doing a fine job of continuing the reining in of US intelligence levels

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WallyW
4  WallyW    3 weeks ago

Seeing how the democrats  weaponized several of these agencies against him, some house cleaning seems to be the proper thing to do.

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  WallyW @4    3 weeks ago

Bullshit.

They were doing their jobs.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
4.2  Ozzwald  replied to  WallyW @4    2 weeks ago

Seeing how the democrats  weaponized several of these agencies against him, ...

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Tacos!
5  Tacos!    2 weeks ago

Would you like to be investigated?

Oh, I can guess what you might say: "I haven't done anything wrong. I have nothing to worry about." Well, that doesn't matter. Maybe they want to investigate you anyway. Do you imagine that the authorities only investigate guilty people?

Maybe news will leak out that you're being investigated. Does anything really stay secret forever? When it does, you may expect that important people in your life will start to look at you sideways. Maybe they won't want to do business with you. Maybe they won't want to be around you anymore. Maybe they'll decide you can't be trusted around their property or kids. Maybe something legal you have done will be exposed and characterized as something you should be embarrassed about.

You could lose a job, a friend, a loan, visitation rights, or some other opportunity or privilege. All this even though you haven't done anything wrong.

For these reasons and more, we have a tradition of putting limits on what government can do in the way of investigating people. Those limits date to the very beginnings of our country and are worthy of our respect. They should apply to everyone, including people you don't like.

 
 
 
Tessylo
5.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Tacos! @5    2 weeks ago

Nonsense.  The investigators did nothing wrong.

 
 
 
Tacos!
5.1.1  Tacos!  replied to  Tessylo @5.1    2 weeks ago

Oh how wonderful to know! The highly qualified and non-partisan independent reviewer has carefully examined all the investigations and found no wrong-doing. We can all rest easy. Put away your Constitutions, people! /s /s /s

Hey Tessy, if the investigators did nothing wrong, then they shouldn't mind be investigated a little. Right?

 
 
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