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Mon Jul 29, 2019, 11:36 AM

6. there's always hope!

"He's simply not as qualified for the job as his predecessors," said David Priess, a former CIA intelligence officer who delivered the daily intelligence briefing during the administrations of former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

"Do not take confirmation for granted," Priess added. "The only thing that points to his appointment at this time is the fact that he was strident and energetic in his criticism of Robert Mueller during last week's hearing."

Priess, now a national security fellow at George Mason University, said the Republican-controlled Senate has in the past pushed back against Trump's nominees. "Yes, the President has many allies in the Senate, but there have been many nominations and prospective nominations when it was made clear the Senate would not accept it," he said.

Early Republican responses praised outgoing director Coats without mentioning Ratcliffe.


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