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As national intelligence director U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe replace Dan Coats

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President Donald Trump is said to have been pleased by the Texas Republican’s reprimand of former special counsel Robert Mueller in last week’s House Judiciary Committee hearing.

Congressional candidate John Ratcliffe communicates with the Lamar-Delta Teachers & School Employees Association at Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas on March 24, 2014.  Cooper Neill

President Donald Trump said he will suggest Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Heath Republican, to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence.

Trump was delighted by Ratcliffe’s reprimand of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller in last week’s House Judiciary Committee hearing.

Ratcliffe said to Mueller during that hearing, “The special counsel’s job, nowhere does it say that you were to conclusively determine Donald Trump’s innocence or that the special counsel report should determine whether or not to exonerate him”. He claimed that Mueller went beyond his bounds by making clear the investigation didn’t absolve the president.

Ratcliffe, a former federal prosecutor first elected in 2014, was mayor of Heath before effectively challenging the late Ralph Hall, R-Rockwall, then the dean of the Texas delegation. This isn’t the first time Ratcliffe has been said to be under consideration for a position in this administration. In November, he was on a short list of probable replacements for fired U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

He is also a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

Axios was followed by numerous other outlets, including the New York Times, in reporting that Coats is predicted to step down soon. Coats have spent his tenancy in the administration at odds with the president. The president’s followed that wave of reports.

Supposing Ratcliffe passes Senate validation, a special election will take place to prosper him in Congress. His 4th District expanses from the Dallas suburbs east to Texarkana. It is almost sure to stay in the Republican column.