Divided Senate confirms Ratcliffe as intelligence chief


A divided Senate confirms a former congressman the service president trump's new director of national intelligence former Texas Republican congressman John Ratcliffe has been approved by the Senate on a slim forty nine forty four vote as director of national intelligence the last Senate confirmed intelligence director was former Indiana senator Dan coats who was popular with his former colleagues in Congress but left the post last summer after clashing with president trump Rockliff replaces acting director Richard Grinnell who is trump's ambassador to Germany despite voting as a bloc against him Democrats allowed a quick vote on Radcliffe dropping their usual procedural delays in a show that they preferred him over Grinnell timid wire Washington

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