President Trump plans to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as the next director of national intelligence, Politico reported Friday. This marks the second time the president has announced Ratcliffe as his nominee for the post. Ratcliffe withdrew his name from consideration for the role in August 2019 after questions emerged on whether he had overstated his work on national security cases.
Trump announced Ratcliffe’s nomination in a tweet posted Friday. “John is an outstanding man of great talent!” he said in the tweet. Prior to joining Congress in 2015, Ratcliffe served as the acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.
Ric Grenell serves as interim director of national intelligence and will continue in his role as Ratcliffe's nomination goes through the Senate confirmation process.