Is Trump jeopardizing national security by appointing supporter in key intelligence position?


"The Russians are absolutely intent on trying to interfere with our elections", FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to Congress the day before Mueller asserted that the Russian interference is ongoing.

Ratcliffe, who was among the most aggressive Republican questioners of Mueller at public hearings last week, would replace outgoing director Dan Coats at a time of broader reshuffling within the national security leadership structure. "And that will be even greater in 2020", he said following an election security briefing earlier this month.

"Here's what that article said, "The real challenge to the administration's policy is McConnell's plan to attach stiff political conditions to that aid, threatening a cutoff unless Russian Federation stops meddling in its neighbors" affairs, '" McConnell read. McConnell has also become the chief obstructionist - a peculiar role for a majority leader with a president from his own party in the White House - by letting a raft of House legislation sit dormant and refusing to allow any Senate versions to reach the floor.

"I'm confident once people get to know him the way I know him, they will support him - at least on the Republican side", he added.

The House has sent two major election security bills to the Senate since Democrats regained the majority. Over the past year, platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google have removed accounts and posts that they've determined originate from Iran and have engaged in coordinated and deceptive behavior.

"By law, this position requires 'extensive national security expertise.' Congressman Ratcliffe appears to lack the experience needed for the job", Feinstein said.

For their part, Schumer and Sen. The bill would accomplish that by making it mandatory for platforms to host a publicly available database that included disclosures of who purchased an ad and for them to make "reasonable" efforts to combat foreign entities from purchasing political ads.

McConnell dismissed the bills as "partisan" and their authors as promoters of a "conspiracy theory". The committee's top Democrat, Sen. They're perfecting their active measures. Democrats have no plans to relent, either. "I challenge him: support additional appropriations for states to harden their election systems".

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McConnell normally tries to make fun of invective lobbed at him. Trump won't accept this because it would question the results of his election.

In Congress he has served on the House Intelligence Committee only since January, where he has made a mark attacking the Mueller investigation and insinuating that the intelligence community itself threatens the president.

The Post's Dana Milbank wrote an opinion column published Friday that criticized McConnell for blocking legislation aimed at protecting the nation's political system against foreign attack. "These theatrical requests happen all the time in the Senate", he said.

"This kind of objection is a routine occurrence here in the Senate".

"It doesn't make Republicans traitors or un-American", he continued.

"Where it has gotten hard in this time is, this is a hyper-political time".

Last year, Congress and the president approved $380 million in Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grants to help states update equipment and enhance security, with each state receiving between $3 million to $34 million, based on population.

McConnell is seeking his seventh term in the U.S. Senate during next year's election.