Ratcliffe questions former special counsel Robert Mueller as he testifies about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
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Among intelligence professionals, President Trump's nomination of an inexperienced, partisan politician to oversee America's spy agencies prompted deep dismay -- but also a stolid reaffirmation of the spymaster's credo: Let's get on with it.The worry is partly that Ratcliffe lacks any real experience, and perhaps more that he has embraced Trump's "deep state" conspiracy theories about the CIA and FBI.This former official predicted that it would take Ratcliffe a year just to understand the vast array of 17 intelligence agencies he will oversee, if he's confirmed.The deepest worry among intelligence professionals is how the Ratcliffe nomination, and the intense partisanship that fueled it, will be perceived by America's intelligence partners overseas. A decisive factor in how the intelligence community views Ratcliffe will be his treatment of his two most senior prospective lieutenants: Gina Haspel, the CIA director; and Sue Gordon, who has been Coats' deputy.If Ratcliffe doesn't promise to strictly safeguard the intelligence community's independence, his nomination should be tossed.
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