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Trump is expected to tap Rep. John Ratcliffe to replace Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence.

Ratcliffe is a Trump loyalist & leading purveyor of conspiracy theories/disinformation about the Russia investigation and about the intel community.
John Ratcliffe was a chief architect of the “secret society” conspiracy theory, which alleged that a text message from Lisa Page was evidence of a Deep State Secret Society working to take down Trump.

The text message was a joke, but Ratcliffe didn’t mention that part.
Rep. John Ratcliffe — who was just tapped by Trump to replace Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence — also said he’d like to see former FBI Director James Comey investigated for violating the Espionage Act.
Rep. John Ratcliffe also claimed that Lisa Page told him under oath that “the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton.” This is false and doesn’t even make sense (the FBI doesn’t charge people; the DOJ does), but right-wing media ate it up.
Here’s a CATO Institute fellow debunking Rep. John Ratcliffe’s conspiracy theory about the DOJ “ordering” the FBI not to consider charging Hillary Clinton.
In March, Rep. John Ratcliffe joined Devin Nunes and a handful of other Republicans in calling for Rep. Adam Schiff to resign as House Intelligence Committee Chairman.

Why? Because it’s what Trump wanted.
Rep. John Ratcliffe defended Trump against allegations that he obstructed justice by dangling pardons to key witnesses by saying that Trump has “absolute authority” to pardon whomever he wants, and therefore couldn’t have obstructed justice by dangling pardons.
Rep. John Ratcliffe also helped prop up Trump’s “spygate” conspiracy theory.

This is the guy who was just tapped to replace Dan Coats as the Director of National Intelligence.
Rep. John Ratcliffe also helped spin a conspiracy theory out of the infamous “tarmac meeting” — implying that Loretta Lynch was part of a secret plot to protect Hillary Clinton from being indicted back in 2016.

Because, you know, her emails. 🙄
Rep. John Ratcliffe also helped prop up the many FISA-related conspiracy theories, which has made him a favorite in the world of QAnon/pro-Flynn Twitter.
Rep. John Ratcliffe was among those under consideration to replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

Apparently Trump had bigger plans in store for one of his most loyal defenders and conspiracy theorists.
The idea of John Ratcliffe becoming the Director of National Intelligence is honestly terrifying. He’s a partisan hack who has spent the past several years defending Trump by peddling conspiracy theories ABOUT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. And now he’s supposed to lead the IC?
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