Nine months after President Trump heeded bipartisan criticism and withdrew the nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, for the director of national intelligence (DNI), Ratcliffe was confirmed as DNI by the Senate in a 49-44 vote.
Ratcliffe, nominated by Trump a second time in February, replaces interim DNI Richard Grenell who had filled the position since former DNI Dan Coates left last summer.
Just a few days after the president nominated Ratcliffe to replace Coats, he withdrew the nomination, citing likely brutal scrutiny.
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