Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images President Trump has never been too fond of the U.S. intelligence community’s consensus on Russia — that the country represents a major threat to U.S. interests — instead siding with, say, President Vladimir Putin’s assessment that the Russian threat has been exaggerated. With the resignation of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and the nomination of Texas Representative John Ratcliffe to replace him, Trump has swapped an Establishment voice with trust in the system for a loyalist one skeptical of the many intel reports that counter the president’s view of the world. As New York’s Chas Danner summarizes: “A very public skeptic of the U.S. intelligence community may soon be put in charge of it.” On the Trump-Russia relationship, Ratcliffe has been particularly willing to accept the president’s side of things. During Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, the Texas representative accused the special counsel of breaking Justice Department guidelines by stating that the report did not exonerate the president on obstruction of justice. “So Americans need to know this as they listen to the Democrats and socialists on the other side of the aisle as they do dramatic readings from this report that… Read full this story
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