While Nowthis Politics was live streaming today’s confirmation hearing of Rep. John Ratcliffe before the US Senate, description next to the stream stated that Ratcliffe, Trump’s nominee to lead the intelligence community, has repeatedly pushed unsubstantiated claims about a ‘deep state’ and that his Twitter account follows a number of fringe activists who promote the ‘the outlandish QAnon conspiracy theory, which posits that the world is run by a cabal of Democratic pedophile-cannibals.
However, when asked did he make any statements about „deep state“ going against President’s wishes, Ratcliffe said he is not aware he made any such statements.
When he was asked does he think that Trump can have a negative effect on morale of intelligence community professionals by making comments that they are somehow part of some „secret cabal“ acting against him, Ratcliffe responded; „The sentiment that I heard from the president, its not about the intelligence community at large, its about specific individuals, pointing to, for instance, misuse of the intelligence“.
Politico writes that Trump’s pick to lead the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies repeatedly vowed today to be independent, breaking with the president’s long-held view that the clandestine community has “run amok” and that there is a “deep state” trying to undermine his agenda.
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), a steadfast Trump ally vying to be the director of national intelligence, told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee in his confirmation hearing that he would provide the president and members of Congress with “timely, accurate and objective intelligence.”
“Let me be very clear: Regardless of what anyone wants our intelligence to reflect, the intelligence I provide, if confirmed, will not be impacted or altered as a result of outside influence,” Ratcliffe said, adding that he would provide intelligence briefings to the president even if he knew Trump would disagree with the conclusions, or if he believed his job were at risk for doing so.