DNI Dan Coats to step down, Texas Republican John Ratcliffe to replace

DNI Dan Coats to step down, Texas Republican John Ratcliffe to replace


OFFICIAL. ERIC: WELL, NOW BACK TO ONE OF OUR TOP STORIES ON THIS SUNDAY, DAN COATS EXPECTED TO STEP DOWN AS DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. THAT IN THE COMING DAYS. YOU KNOW, REPORTS HAVE LONG SAID THAT AT TIMES HE HAS BEEN AT ODDS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP OVER ISSUES SUCH AS RUSSIA AND THE PRESIDENT’S ATTACKS ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY OF OUR COUNTRY. MR. COATS EXPECTED TO BE REPLACED BY TEXAS REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JOHN RATCLIFFE WHO IS A STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF THE PRESIDENT. JEFF MASON IS HERE, WHITE HOUSE REPORTER FOR REUTERS. JEFF, WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS DEVELOPMENT MEANS?>>Reporter: WELL, IT MEANS A FEW DIFFERENT THINGS, ERIC. I MEAN, NUMBER ONE, IT’S THE LATEST IN THE CLOSE CABINET OFFICIALS WHO HAVE LEFT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ADMINISTRATION. I THINK IT’S KIND OF INTERESTING THAT DAN COATS HAS LASTED AS LONG AS HE HAS. THERE HAS CERTAINLY BEEN TENSIONS BETWEEN HIM AND THE PRESIDENT FOR SOME TIME, DATING BACK AT LEAST AS FAR AS A YEAR AGO WHEN THE TWO MEN WERE GIVING SORT OF DIFFERENT VIEWS ABOUT THE THREAT OF RUSSIA AND RUSSIA’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE 2016 ELECTION — ERIC: WAS IT SEEN THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS DOWNPLAYING THAT AND COATS, YOU KNOW, STAUNCHLY PUSHED BACK –>>YEAH. ERIC: IN TERMS OF ACTION ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY?>>THAT’S SPOT ON, YES. DAN COATS WAS DEFENDING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND ALSO MAKING VERY CLEAR THAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY’S INTEL ON THE FACT THAT RUSSIA HAD, IN FACT, INTERVENED IN THE 2016 ELECTION WAS ACCURATE. AND THE PRESIDENT, OF COURSE, CAST DOUBT ON THAT FOR SOME TIME, AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT THIS CABINET OFFICIAL STOOD UP AGAINST. I ALSO REMEMBER THERE BEING A PARTICULARLY REMARKABLE MOMENT WHERE DAN COATS WAS ASKED, I BELIEVE BY ANDREA MITCHELL OF NBC, ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S REMARK AT THE TIME THAT HE MIGHT INVITE PRESIDENT PUTIN TO COME VISIT THE WHITE HOUSE, AND DAN COATS WAS NOT AWARE OF THAT AND SAID SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF, WELL, THAT WOULD BE SPECIAL. THAT WAS AN UNGUARDED MOMENT, DAN COATS HAS SINCE KEPT A LOWER PROFILE, BUT THAT DIDN’T GO OVER WELL IN THE WHITE HOUSE. ERIC: YEAH. I REMEMBER THAT, HE WAS CAUGHT OFF GUARD ON THAT. COATS HAD BEEN A RESPECTED SENATOR FROM INDIANA, AMBASSADOR TO GERMANY. CRITICS ARE GOING TO SAY THIS IS THE PRESIDENT TRYING TO MOLD INTELLIGENCE, MAYBE GOING SOFTER ON RUSSIA, WELLS ENCOURAGING ATTACKS — AS WELL AS ENCOURAGING ATTACKS ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND HAVING RATCLIFFE MAYBE DOING HIS BIDDING OVER AT DEFENSE. WHAT DO YOU DO YOU THINK ABOUT T WHAT DO YOU DO YOU THINK ABOUT A WHAT DO YOU DO YOU THINK ABOUT ?>>WELL, RATCLIFFA HAS CERTAINLY SHOWN HE WILL STAND UP FOR TRUMP’S WORLD VIEW. IT’S ALSO SORT OF REMARKABLE OR INTERESTING, WORTH NOTING IN ANY CASE THAT WITH COATS’ EXPECTED DEPARTURE, MOST OF THE SORT OF REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT MEMBERS OF TRUMP’S CABINET ARE NOW GONE; JIM MATTIS, OF COURSE, FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, LEFT, NIKKI HALEY, THE FORMER UTAH AMBASSADOR TO UNITED NATIONS IS — U.S. AMBASSADOR TO UNITED NATIONS IS GONE WITH DON’TS APPARENTLY ON — WITH COATS ON HIS WAY OUT, AND WE’RE REPORTING THAT AS WELL, THAT’S ONE LESS LINK TO MORE TRADITIONAL REPUBLICAN WORLD VIEW, AND MORE PEOPLE AROUND THE PRESIDENT WHO ARE BASICALLY ALIGNED WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP. ERIC: YEAH. IRONICALLY, MR. RATCLIFFE WAS ON “SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES” THIS MORNING WITH MARIA BARTIROMO, AND I WANT TO SAY IN HIS DEFENSE THAT HE DOES HAVE NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERIENCE. HE WAS THE CHIEF OF ANTI-TERRORISM AT THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS, AND HE WAS THE ACTING U.S. ATTORNEY THERE IN THE DOJ. AND HE HAD, HE WAS PRETTY TOUGH ON ROBERT MUELLER DURING THE QUESTIONING, SUPPORTING PRESIDENT TRUMP.>>HE WAS. ERIC: LET’S PLAY A LITTLE BIT OF THE SOUND BITE FROM THIS MORNING’S INTERVIEW WITH MARIA IN WHICH HE DID NOT GIVE ANY INDICATION THAT HE MAY HAVE A JOB IN THE OFFING, BUT THIS IS WHAT HE SAID.>>WHAT I DO KNOW AS A FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR IS IT DOES APPEAR THERE WERE CRIMES COMMITTED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. YOU TALKED THE EARLIER ABOUT MICHAEL FLYNN. HIS PHONE CALL WITH THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR WAS A HIGHLY CLASSIFIED NSA INTERCEPT. SOMEONE IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LEAKED THAT CALL TO TO THE WASHINGTON POST. THAT’S A FELONY. GLENN SIMPSON, FROM FUSION GPS, IN TALKING ABOUT THE STEELES DOSSIER SAID HE AND BRUCE OTHER DID NOT MEET UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION. BRUCE OTHER SAID UNDER OATH THEY MET THREE MONTHS BEFORE THE ELECTION. ONE OF THEM IS NOT TELLING THE TRUTH. ERIC: NOW BREAKING NEWS, WE HAVE IT FROM THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF IN HIS TWITTER, LET ME READ IT, QUOTE: I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT HIGHLY RESPECTED CONGRESSMAN JOHN RATCLIFFE WILL BE NOMINATED BY ME TO BE THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, A FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY JOHN WILL LEAD AND INSPIRE GREATNESS FOR THE COUNTRY HE LOVES. DAN COATS, THE CURRENT DIRECTOR, WILL — THEN WE HAVE TO GET TO NEXT TWEET –>>WE TO WE HAVE TO WAIT — [LAUGHTER] SO YOUR THOUGHTS.>>WELL, SO THAT CONFIRMS, OBVIOUSLY, WHAT MANY OF US HAVE BEEN REPORTING ABOUT THIS MOVE. IT ALSO, I HAVE TO CHUCKLE, I MEAN, IT’S — I THINK THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T LIKE TO BE SCOOPED NECESSARILY ON HIS OWN PERSONNEL MOVES. AND SO THE FACT THAT THESE REPORTS WERE COMING OUT, CLEARLY, HE WANTS TO BE SURE TO BE THE ONE TO CONFIRM THAT. SO IT’S CONFIRMED. IT DOES SORT OF PUT TO REST A LONG QUESTION MARK OVER DAN COATS’ TENURE. AS WE WERE SAYING EARLIER, HE HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SOMEBODY WHO THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN ESPECIALLY FOND OF IN TERMS OF HOW THE TWO OF THEM DIFFER WITH REGARD TO ISSUES WE WERE TALKING ABOUT EARLIER, ESPECIALLY ON RUSSIA, BUT ALSO OTHER AREAS OF INTELLIGENCE INCLUDING IRAN AND NORTH KOREA. SO THE PRESIDENT NOW BRINGING IN MUCH MORE OF A LOYALIST. WE’LL SEE IF MAYBE THAT FOLLOW-UP TWEET THE MAKES CLEAR WHEN EXACTLY THE — ERIC: YEAH, WE HAVE IT RIGHT HERE NOW. HE SAYS MR. COATS WILL BE LEAVING ON AUGUST 15TH. SO HE STILL HAS SOME TIME. HE SAID I WOULD LIKE TO THANK DAN FOR HIS GREAT SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. THE ACTING DIRECTOR WILL BE NAMED SHORTLY, SO THEY’LL HAVE AN ACTING DIRECTOR BEFORE RATCLIFFE MOVES OVER. HE’S ALSO ONE OF THE MOST CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, ESPECIALLY FROM TEXAS. SO DO YOU THINK EVEN DESPITE SOME MAYBE DIFFERENCES IN POLICY THAT HE POTENTIALLY COULD HAVE WITH COATS, THERE WON’T BE THAT MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE, THAT HE WILL BE TOUGH ON THE THREATS THAT THIS COUNTRY FACE AND OUR ADVERSARIES IN THIS — DO YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE AND DO YOU THINK WASHINGTON WILL HAVE CONFIDENCE IN RATCLIFFE AS THE NEW DIRECTOR OF THE DNI?>>WELL, I MEAN, I CAN’T SAY WHETHER I HAVE CONFIDENCE, ERIC, BUT I THINK THAT WHETHER WASHINGTON HAS CONFIDENCE WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF THE HEARINGS THAT COME UP FOR WHEN HE GOES BEFORE CONGRESS FOR CONFIRMATION, AND THAT THAT’S THE REASON, NO DOUBT, THE PRESIDENT WILL HAVE AN ACTING DNI IN IN THE MEANTIME. BECAUSE HE MAY FACE SOME TOUGH QUESTIONING, AND HE MAY HAVE A TOUGH THE TIME GETTING CONFIRMED IF THERE ARE, YOU KNOW, IF SOME PEOPLE IN THE SENATE ARE NOT CONVINCED THAT HE WOULD BE STRONG ENOUGH IN THIS AREA. THAT SAID, IT’S THE PRESIDENT’S PREROGATIVE TO CHOOSE THE PEOPLE THAT HE WANT ADVISING HIM. AND FOR THE MOST PART, I THINK WE’VE SEEN CERTAINLY OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS THAT REPUBLICANS IN MOST CASES ON THE HILL ARE HAPPY TO SUPPORT THEIR PRESIDENT ON THINGS LIKE THIS. ERIC: JEFF MASON, ALWAYS INSIGHTFUL. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS

100 Replies to “DNI Dan Coats to step down, Texas Republican John Ratcliffe to replace”

  1. FOX NEWS…Have you been on the Island, too?…or is there another deception, you are captive of? WAKE UP, THE LIE IS EXPOSED AND SO IS YOUR LYING REPORTS!

  2. Excellent choice in Ratcliffe. Coates, just another Deep State carryover. I suspect Ratcliffe’s questioning of Mueller tipped the scale in his favor.

  3. Another respected and experienced will be replaced by a Trump incompetent blind minion. Disgusting and very dangerous…

  4. Trump getting his ducks in a row before the hammer drops, all these people will likely be indicted themselves for felony leaking or felony obstruction.

  5. zero proof of russian meddling, all evidence leads to DNC, MI6, GCHQ, Australia, Ukraine, FBI, CIA, DOJ and DNI
    I have said it before the real opposition to people, liberty, truth and knowledge are the media hacks. Without their lying the deep state has the net total power of a weasel

  6. Well the timing is something. Didnt Putin just hand over the Iranian trainer who trained the rouge US military personell to assassinate our President? Was Coats asked to leave for a reason?

  7. Scary day now our National Security leader is going to tell us what Trump wants to hear not what is ACTUALLY HAPPENING

  8. Don’t forget Radcliffe is supportive of President Trump AND the American people who voted him in. We should ALL support the President but especially his staff and appointments – don’t see the conflict.

  9. Forget McConnell and Barr — these two love Trump more than they love our country. If it’s indeed true that Dan Coats quit because Trump kept watering down his warnings about the Russian threat to our elections, this in itself is an impeachable offense — he’s not protecting our country. Time to kick him out — for good.

  10. Dan Coats about the last non slithering cesspool dweller in the Trump administration strong and honorable enough to say NO, never to the treacherous appeasement by Republican Fhurer Donny and Comrade Mitch to their friend and supporter Vladimir Putin and his Russia's hostile intrusion into our sacred election system. We and America are ALL in trouble if we do not stand up and say NO, never too.

  11. so fox (news media) bashes Trump for what maybe swamp cleaning, sounds funny fox . The people that are the replacement, ARE strong intelligent individuals with their OWN opinions . Who have shown a patriotic American heart and love for this country and the people . fox are you 'suggesting' something else? people check the facts , I Will make my OWN determination.

  12. Ratcliffe, the first three letters of his surname some him up. This is the guy who launched into a pathetic tirade during the Mueller testimony which was coincidently was shortly after Trump interviewed him for the new job. Just another career and party before country republican politician. Trump is prepared to put the security of the USA at risk in order to have a yes man as intelligence chief who will back up Trump's lies to the people.

  13. So is everyone saying now in the Trump Administration that Russia did not interfere in our election process?

  14. Seems that Trump is finally getting it that the establishment Republicans are as swampy as the Democrats!
    None of them are on his side and why the faux Outrage? Everyone serves at the pleasure of the President who has both the power and the right to appoint his own team!

  15. Coats, another professional civil SERVANT who is NOT HAPPY , Us ate his party
    Illusion Collusion

  16. Radcliffe sounded like he is seeking the truth and justice. I'm sure is he had evidence the President was colluding with Russia he would support that. I hate these bias reporters ….so obvious. Follow the facts you'll be a much better reporter

  17. I have great respect for Vladimir Putin. He has accomplished his long time goal. Killing us from from inside.

  18. DAN COATS IS A R.I.N.O. PLANE AND SIMPLE . THE ONLY MORALY RESPONSIBLE THING HE EVER DID IS TUCK TAIL AND RUN 😇😋😁 PLEASE GOD ALMIGHTY BLESS AND KEEP US FROM ALL EVIL IN JEASUS NAME AMEN 🇺🇸😇 .

  19. Russia starter all this after WW2 getting high ranked people in our government to get caught in honey traps with Pedofillia…and use that as leverage…

  20. Lots of dem-roaches scurrying for cover now that the light of day is about to be shone on their misdeeds. They will soon race to cut deals and rat each other out. Maybe barry will lose his halo.

  21. MUELLER HOAX OVER, COATS REPLACED WITH RATCLIFFE AND 1ST TARGET OUT OF GATE PRESIDENT TRUMP GOES AFTER IS AN OBAMA ALLIE MR. CUMMINGS.
    IT'S STARTED THE DOWNFALL OF THE DEEPSTATE AND 1ST RESIGNATION OF A SWAMP MONSTER OF OBAMA CABAL.
    GUANTANAMO IS COMING SOON BABY.
    WWG1WGA TRUMP2020 KAG Q

  22. Good riddance to Coats! One less Swamp creature. Ratcliffe is an excellent move! The Neo-Con/Neo-Lib two-party Establishment has to go. They are Globalists working against America's long term National interests. America First bitches! Hit the bricks!

  23. LOCK UP RAND PAUL AND HIS DAD AND TRAITOR TRUMP AND MOSCOW MITCH MCCONNELL WHO ARE ALL RUSSIAN AGENTS SUPPORTED BY FAKE FOX NEWS AND SPONSORS LIKE WELLS FARGO, IHOP, TRIVAGO, BAYER, USAA

  24. Anyone who claims Russian meddling had anything to do with the 2016 election should be removed immediately as a participant in the attempted coups.

  25. Trump’s excitable new Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe’s excitable reference to ‘dramatic readings’ from the Mueller Report at the recent Congressional hearings has stamped himself as an unprincipled Trump loyalist. Republicans seem to be selling their souls to Trump or quietly lying low in the hope of seeing out the inevitable Trump Presidency train-wreck without being implicated in the criminality and corruption. There was nothing dramatic about Mueller’s delivery – it was boringly dry. The Dems pressed for televised hearings to force Mueller’s critical findings of facts about the corrupt and criminal conduct of the President so the American masses who watch TV but don’t read, might know that Trump has in fact committed numerous criminal acts, was not exonerated in relation to them and could be prosecuted after his reign. Any salaciousness at the hearings was killed by Bob Mueller’s reluctant and deadpan delivery of his very cautious and circumscribed answers. He was clearly under huge pressure to limit his disclosure of Trumps criminality.

  26. How long has this old fossil turd been stuck in America's colon? 2024 will be a dose of salts resulting in a tsunami enema of useless Democrats, but these communist unelected appointees must be surgically removed!! How did this useless f ck last so long?? Another impotent Sessions.

  27. Coats is using that as his excuse due to Trump firing him. His nonsense about Russia stealing the election is what did him in. One question: Was it the meme with the picture of Clinton arm wrestling Jesus or the one of Bernie as Superman that ruined the election for Hillary? There was a reason Mueller refused to show a single ad made by the IRA and it was because it would have made him look ever more stupid, if it is possible. Coats was dragging his feet on releasing the FISA warrants and the transcripts of the illegal surveillance and hiding documents that show when the spying started. That is why he is being fired. He is a tool of the deep state and there is no place in a democracy for an intelligence community that has "six ways from Sunday of getting back at you". The deep state is hiding their connections to Mifsud, Halper, Azra Turk, Alexander Downer and Natalia Veselnitskaya who met with Fusion GPS the day before and the day after meeting with Trump Jr. She worked for Fusion GPS. We also found out that both Mifsud and Konstantin Kilimnik were State Department assets. This is information that Mueller tried to hid. How come people found this all out after Mueller's investigation? Mueller is through. The deep state and media are at war with the President, the truth, and the American people.

  28. Deep State RINOs Marco Rubio (Bush Clone) and Richard Burr (Clinton Spy in Trump Campaign) say they aren't sure if Ratcliffe is non-partisan enough to serve as NSA Director. That did not seem to be a problem for Obozo.

  29. Well, we don't like Coats here in Indiana, don't know why The President picked him anyway? He knows absolutely nothing about international security and is part of the swamp!

  30. Could we all please grow up and acknowledge that John Ratcliffe is highly accomplished, highly capable, and was likely chosen for his qualifications and his past record of doing what is right and just. THANK YOU Mr. Ratcliffe for your continued service to our country!

  31. Funny how ALL of you altright wing conspiracy theories wannabes wanna talk about the DEEP STATE,HILLARY,AND PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA…BUT NOT ONE OF YOU HAVE ANY PROOF OF YOUR NONSENSE!!!

  32. Gee that's funny I never once herd Trump say there was no interference from Russia .. I herd him say he was not involved with Russia interference !!!

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