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DNI Nominee Rep. John Ratcliffe to Attend Senate Hearing Planned Next Week

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John Ratcliffe
John Ratcliffe

Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, will attend a confirmation hearing for the role of national intelligence director, and the senate intelligence committee prepares to conduct the event next week, Politico reported Wednesday.

President Trump nominated Ratcliffe to serve as director of national intelligence, the federal official tasked with the oversight of the intelligence community. The Senate plans to resume activities in Washington, D.C., on Monday, following the unavailability caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ratcliffe has been a congressman representing Texas since 2015. Previously, he served as an attorney in the state. The congressman abstained from voting on intelligence-related legislation to balance his duties as a representative and a DNI nominee.

“In balancing my obligations as the representative of Texas’ 4th Congressional District with my nomination by the president to become the director of national intelligence, I will not be voting on legislative matters which likely pertain to or impact the responsibilities of the position to which I may be confirmed," Ratcliffe said in a statement.