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Ratcliffe’s Narrow Path To Confirmation

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 12: Ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) (L) listens to Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) (R) during a hearing before the House (Select) Intelligence Committee June 12, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washi... WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 12: Ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) (L) listens to Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) (R) during a hearing before the House (Select) Intelligence Committee June 12, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on "Lessons from the Mueller Report: Counterintelligence Implications of Volume 1." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 29, 2019 9:33 a.m.

Nicole Lafond wrote last week that, for House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA), Mueller’s testimony may have been something of an audition. The President had soured on Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats; he was considering replacements. He asked Nunes to give his opinion on various candidates, but, according to Politico, Nunes himself was also a candidate for the job.

He didn’t get the gig — because, it now turns out, another member of Congress was auditioning that day, and outshone him. 

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