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MSNBC 21 May 2020

Sen. Harris: Ratcliffe Is 'A Soldier For Donald Trump's Political Agenda'

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Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) tells Lawrence O'Donnell that she does not have "any confidence" that Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe, who the Senate confirmed on party lines as Director of National Intelligence, will "speak truth even if it will be difficult for the president to hear." Aired on 5/21/2020.


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>>> WE NOW HAVE OUR FIRST
>>> WE NOW HAVE OUR FIRST
SHARPLY PARTISAN DIRECTOR OF
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE.
REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JOHN
RATCLIFF WAS CONFIRMED ON A
PARTY LINE VOTE 49-44, THE FIRST
TIME THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL
INTELLIGENCE WAS NOT APPROVED
UNANIMOUSLY OR OVERWHELMINGLY
BIPARTISAN VOTE.
THE POSITION OF DIRECTOR OF
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE WAS
CREATED AFTER 9/11 IN A
REORGANIZATION OF THE
INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND THE
DIRECTOR HAS ALWAYS ATTRACTED
BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.
HERE IS SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS AT
HIS CONFIRMATION HEARING.
>> DO YOU BELIEVE THAT PRESIDENT
TRUMP HAS ACCURATELY CONVEYED
THE SEVERITY OF THE THREAT OF
COVID-19 TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?
>> AT -- ARE YOU SAYING
PRESENTLY?
>> WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF THE
PANDEMIC PRESENTLY, CORRECT.
>> RIGHT.
SO REPEAT THE QUESTION BECAUSE I
GUESS I’M MISUNDERSTANDING, I’M
SORRY.
>> HAS HE ACCURATELY CONVEYED
THE SEVENRITY OF COVID-19 TO THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE?
>> I BELIEVE SO.
>> YOU DO?
>> SENATOR HARRIS, IT DIDN’T
SOUND LIKE SUCH A DIFFICULT
QUESTION.
IT DIDN’T SOUND LIKE A QUESTION
THAT NEEDED TO BE REPEATED AND
CLARIFIED BUT THERE WE ARE.
>> INDEED.
LAWRENCE, I STRONGLY BELIEVE
THAT HE WAS APPOINTED.
HE WAS NOMINATED AND SADLY
ULTIMATELY CONFIRMED BECAUSE NOT
OF HIS QUALIFICATIONS OR HIS
EXPERIENCE OR ANY DEDICATION HE
HAS SERVED TO THE WORK OF
NATIONAL SECURITY BUT BECAUSE HE
HAS PROVED HIMSELF DEDICATED
SOLDIER FOR DONALD TRUMP’S
POLITICAL AGENDA AND, YOU KNOW,
WHEN WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A
GLOBAL PANDEMIC, WHICH HAS
PRESENTED A NATIONAL CRISIS FOR
AMERICA, WHEN WE KNOW THAT THE
INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ATTEMPTED
TO BRIEF THE PRESIDENT ON THESE
ISSUES BUT WE KNOW HE IS -- HE
HAS APPARENTLY VERY SHORT
ATTENTION SPAN, WHEN WE KNOW
THAT WE ARE STILL IN THE MIDST
OF ALL OF THE CONCERNS THAT WE
SHOULD HAVE ABOUT OUR STANDING
IN THE WORLD IN TERMS OF OUR
NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS
AGAINST THE HOMELAND HOT SPOTS
AROUND THE WORLD, WE NEED A
DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL
INTELLIGENCE WHO WILL SPEAK
TRUTH EVEN IF IT WILL BE
DIFFICULT FOR THE PRESIDENT TO
HEAR AND CERTAINLY, EVEN IF IT
WILL BE DIFFICULT FOR THAT DNI
TO SPEAK THE TRUTH.
I DON’T HAVE ANY CONFIDENCE IN
MR. RATCLIFF’S ABILITY TO DO
THAT AND SO THAT PUTS A LOT OF
US IN GREAT -- IN A POSITION OF
GREAT CONCERN BECAUSE AFTER ALL,
AT LEAST FOR NOW, DONALD TRUMP
IS STILL THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF,
AND HAS TO MAKE AND IS APPOINTED
WITH MAKING DECISIONS THAT
RELATE TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY.
IF WE DON’T HAVE PEOPLE SPEAKING

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