Ratcliffe, Trump’s DNI Pick, Has Shown Very Little Interest In Spy Agencies

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 24: Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) questions former Special Counsel Robert Mueller as he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 president... WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 24: Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) questions former Special Counsel Robert Mueller as he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mueller, along with former Deputy Special Counsel Aaron Zebley, will later testify before the House Intelligence Committee in back-to-back hearings on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 2, 2019 7:54 a.m.

Rep. Daniel Ratcliffe (R-TX), President Donald Trump’s pick to be director of national intelligence, has displayed relatively little interest in the spy agencies he’d oversee, never taking a House Intelligence Committee trip overseas to learn more about the agencies’ work.

According to the Washington Post, all the other new lawmakers on the committee have either made such trips already, or have them planned.

He also reportedly makes few trips to the “reading room” to catch up on classified information, and only puts in cursory appearances at closed-door meetings.

Multiple intelligence officials told the Post that they’d never even heard of Ratcliffe until his aggressive questioning of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week.

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