Senate Intelligence Committee approves Rep. Ratcliffe for intelligence role

Rep. John Ratcliffe R-Texas, testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May. 5, 2020. The panel is considering Ratcliffe's nomination for Director of National Intelligence. (Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 8-7 Tuesday morning on the nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe for the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) role.

The vote fell along party lines, according to a spokesperson for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the Acting Chair of the Committee.

In a statement after the vote, Rubio said quote, "The DNI plays a crucial role in ensuring our nation’s wide array of intelligence agencies are sharing information across lines, coordinating capabilities, and all working to further the same strategic objectives of providing advanced warning, protecting our nation, and informing policymakers. Rep. Ratcliffe understands the importance of that role, and I look forward to supporting his nomination on the Senate floor.”

The nomination will head to the full Senate for a vote at a later time.

This is Ratcliffe's second nomination for DNI. The first was in 2019.

Ratcliffe was sworn into Congress back in 2015 and sits on the House Intelligence Committee. He brings experience as a federal prosecutor in East Texas. And he served in local government as mayor of a Dallas suburb from 2004 to 2012.

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