US President Donald Trump nominated Representative John Ratcliffe to be a new Director of National Intelligence starting on August 15, when the acting chief Dan Coats steps down. According to a new report by POLITICO, Ratcliffe, who has been widely criticizing former special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, has ties to the self-proclaimed ‘Russian President Vladimir Putin’s #1 enemy’ William Browder, an American-born British businessman who once worked in Russia and has been tried and convicted in absentia for tax evasion.
President Trump’s decision to nominate Ratcliffe, who is currently a member of the US House Intelligence Committee, reportedly has been met with a bit of skepticism, as many are concerned about his qualifications and experience, which may not be sufficient to become the Intelligence Chief if he is confirmed.
Browder commented on Ratcliffe’s nomination to be the Intelligence chief and called him “a highly sophisticated guy” with “no illusion about Russia,” and added that Ratcliffe is “professional, capable, and deserves respect.”
“Ratcliffe was one of our lawyers at Ashcroft dealing with the fallout from Magnitsky,” said Browder with reference to Magnitsky Act, bill signed into law in 2012 by former President Barack Obama to punish Russian officials allegedly involved in the death of Sergei Magnitsky, Browder’s tax advisor.
“All I can say is that he’s a top professional, highly trained, and understands what’s going on in Russia through the Magnitsky case.”
However, it is not clear whether Browder’s comments about Ratcliffe are true.
Another report by The Komisar Scoop covered all the “fallouts” of the POLITICO story and once again proved that Browder is not the one to be trusted. It says that Browder is “evil” adding that people familiar with the real story of him and Magnitsky already know that fact.
“A National Security Correspondent should demand evidence to back up politically important claims, not just be a stenographer. Because that leads in this case not just to misinformation but to utter confusion,” says the report with reference to Natasha Bertrand, National Security Correspondent, who is the author of the article published by POLITICO.
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