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Trump's intelligence chief resigned after the White House repeatedly suppressed his warnings about Russian interference, New York Times reports
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Miloch
2019-07-29 14:51:55 UTC
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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats in recent months saw his warnings
about threats posed by Russia watered down by the White House, The New York
Times reported Sunday.

* According to The Times, a dossier by Coats on Russian interference in the 2018
midterms was altered by the White House to contain less critical language.

* Coats' resignation was announced Sunday in a tweet by President Donald Trump,
who wants a loyalist, Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas, to replace him.

* Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats repeatedly found his warnings
about the threat posed by Russia suppressed by the White House, The New York
Times reported Sunday amid his resignation from the post.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/28/us/politics/dan-coats-intelligence-chief-out.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

According to The Times, Coats has often found himself at odds with President
Donald Trump over Russia, a situation that worsened in recent months.

Coats saw Russia as an adversary to the US, The Times wrote, and pushed for
closer cooperation with European countries to counter it, but the White House
did not agree.
Several times Coats saw his language on the Kremlin's activities watered down by
the White House, according to The Times.

A secret report by Coats on Russia's attempt to interfere in the 2018 midterms
by spreading disinformation was reportedly altered by the White House. A public
statement on Coats' conclusions contained less critical language than the
original, The Times said.

A former senior intelligence official told The Washington Post that Coats felt
marginalized on national security issues by the president and had come to see
his departure as inevitable.

According to reports, Trump had been discussing replacing Coats for months.

Trump has long faced scrutiny for his warm comments on Russia and his changing
positions on whether Russia interfered to help him secure his 2016 election
victory.

Robert Mueller concluded in the special counsel's Russia investigation that
there was insufficient evidence to charge the president or his aides with
criminally conspiring with Russia in 2016.

Trump in a tweet Sunday announced that Coats would step down in mid-August and
nominated Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas as his replacement.

In his tweet, he thanked Coats for his service but offered him no praise.

"The intelligence community is stronger than ever and increasingly well prepared
to meet new challenges and opportunities," Coats wrote in his resignation
letter, citing the recent appointment of an official charged with countering
foreign election interference.

During his time as director of national intelligence, Coats had publicly
contradicted Trump on the president's claims regarding Russia and North Korea.

In a statement released after Trump's summit in Helsinki with Russian President
Vladimir Putin in July 2018, Coats rebutted the president's apparent acceptance
of Putin's claim that Russia had not interfered in the 2016 election.


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super70s
2019-07-29 20:19:01 UTC
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Trump in a tweet Sunday announced that Coats would step down in mid-August
and nominated Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas as his replacement.
The top lieutenants are all in place, next Cinnamon Hitler invades
Mexico (more convenient than Poland).
Miloch
2019-07-29 21:10:32 UTC
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super70s says...
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Trump in a tweet Sunday announced that Coats would step down in mid-August
and nominated Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas as his replacement.
The top lieutenants are all in place, next Cinnamon Hitler invades
Mexico (more convenient than Poland).
eh...too many people with guns in Mexico...better to invade Nova Scotia.


https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/29/john-ratcliffe-russia-trump-1439536

...Ratcliffe, a third-term congressman, was chief of Anti-Terrorism and National
Security for the Eastern District of Texas and served as U.S. attorney for the
Eastern District of Texas from 2007 to 2009. But he has no other intelligence
experience aside from a recent appointment to the House Intelligence Committee.

Intelligence community sources have therefore been skeptical of Ratcliffe’s
qualifications to lead the Office of the Director of National Intelligence,
which oversees the government’s intelligence agencies, coordinates the country’s
global information-gathering operation and frequently briefs the president on
threats each morning.

They are also wary of Ratcliffe’s criticisms of the Russia probe, including his
claims that former FBI Director James Comey should be investigated “for
violating the Espionage Act” and that the Obama administration “committed
crimes” while investigating Russia’s election interference.

“There’s concern that a political crony of the president will squelch any
evidence that the Russians are interfering in the 2020 election,” said Jeremy
Bash, the former chief of staff at the Pentagon and CIA under President Barack
Obama. “If the Russians interfere in 2020 to support Trump, can we count on an
intelligence community led by Ratcliffe to call that out publicly? Or will that
evidence be swept under the rug?”

It remains to be seen how Ratcliffe will approach the job if he’s confirmed, and
whether he’ll be as candid with Trump about Russia’s threat to U.S. democracy as
his predecessor, Dan Coats. Coats famously warned last year, just days after the
Helsinki summit, that “the warning lights are blinking red again” and “the
digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack."




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