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The United States Senate on Thursday voted to confirm Republican Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe as the permanent Director of National Intelligence (DNI).

The vote was 49-44. Sens. Alexander, Burr, Markey, Murkowski, Murray, Rounds, and Sanders, did not vote. This comes after the previous DNI Dan Coates announced his resignation July 2019, Trump then revealed his nomination of Ratcliffe on Twitter shortly after.

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup hearing on the Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Longworth House Office Building on Thursday December 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew Harrer – Pool/Getty Images)

In August 2019, Trump withdrew his nomination, saying there would be a difficult confirmation process. The Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Joseph Maguire, served as Acting Director between August 2019 and February 2020. Richard Grenell, has been serving as Acting Director since Feb. 20, 2020.

Trump then re-appointed Ratcliffe for the position in February.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: John Ratcliffe Confirmed As Director Of National Intelligence

Eight Senate Republicans broke with their GOP colleagues on Wednesday voting in favor of a resolution that would limit President Donald Trump’s ability to use military action against Iran without approval from Congress.

The vote was bipartisan, 51-45, with eight Republicans voting with Democrats. The eight Republicans were:

  • Utah Sen. Mike Lee
  • Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul
  • Maine Sen. Susan Collins
  • Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander
  • Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy
  • Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran
  • Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski
  • Indiana Sen. Todd Young
(Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

“We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress votes to authorize such a war,” Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, who introduced the resolution said, according to CNN. “While the President does and must always have the ability to defend the United States from imminent attack, the executive power to initiate war stops there. An offensive war requires a congressional debate and vote. This should not be a controversial proposition.”

The resolution could be vetoed by Trump, as he vetoed a War Powers resolution in 2019.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Here Are The 8 Republicans Who Voted For Tim Kaine’s War Powers Resolution Against Trump

Republicans in the House of Representatives are criticizing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s claim that President Donald Trump cutting funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) is “illegal.”

The Daily Caller spoke to over six House Republicans who all criticized Pelosi for her comments in regards to Trump halting funding for the WHO. Some even went on to call for WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to resign, saying the best way for them to move forward is by getting rid of Tedros.

“I’m not sure who Nancy Pelosi is trying to cover up for when defending a disgraced institution. I mean the World Health Organization has a deplorable track record when it comes to pandemics. It’s not just what WHO has done to cover up for China and literally to regurgitate Communist Chinese talking points on the coronavirus,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise told the Daily Caller.

“I’m not sure who Nancy Pelosi is trying to cover up for when defending a disgraced institution. I mean the World Health Organization has a deplorable track record when it comes to pandemics. It’s not just what WHO has done to cover up for China and literally to regurgitate Communist Chinese talking points on the coronavirus,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise told the Daily Caller.

“But if you look at their track record with other outbreaks like Ebola, the World Health Organization was described as being non-existent when it came to calling out other types of health crises. So their credibility has been a question for a long time. And President Trump ought to be commended for protecting taxpayer dollars by taking it away from a highly questionable organization like W.H.O. and direct those scarce resources to more reputable health institutions,” Scalise continued.

President Donald Trump (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

“Not only did China deceive the international community over the origins and impact of the coronavirus, but the World Health Organization was an accessory to China’s reprehensible actions. Politically motivated international institutions led by those who aren’t honest brokers should be avoided and receive no financial support from America,” Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs told the Daily Caller.

“Speaker Pelosi has chosen to side with the communists in China in her latest endeavor to undermine America’s duly elected president. History will harshly judge her actions and statements throughout this entire pandemic. I strongly support President Trump’s efforts to hold the WHO and China accountable for this pandemic,” Biggs continued.

On Wednesday, Pelosi called Trump’s decision “senseless.”

“We can only be successful in defeating this global pandemic through a coordinated international response with respect for science and data,” she said in a statement. “This decision is dangerous, illegal and will be swiftly challenged.”

Representative Ken Buck, a Republican from Colorado, (L) talks with Representative Andy Biggs. (Photo by Jonathan Newton-Pool/Getty Images)

Pelosi’s comments caused more House Republicans to defend Trump’s decision to cut funding for the WHO.

“In January, President Trump formed the Wuhan coronavirus task force and implemented travel restrictions which undoubtedly saved many American lives. At the same time, Nancy Pelosi was laser-focused on her pathetic impeachment hoax. We now know the World Health Organization helped spread the propaganda of Communist China at the expense of the global community,” Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar told the Daily Caller.

“Imagine if Nancy Pelosi was as focused on helping America’s small businesses rather than a global organization who kowtowed to China and failed to prepare the world for this pandemic,” Gosar concluded.

White House officials have also refuted Pelosi’s claims.

Officials in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) explained to the Daily Caller that WHO’s funding was approved by Congress as part of a larger lump sum statutorily allocated for “international organizations.” The White House has discretion over which organizations to send that money to, with past decisions resulting in the budgeting WHO received.

An official explained that the funding allocation is broken down into two groups: assessed dues and voluntary contributions made at the agency level. WHO’s assessed dues, according to OMB, can be immediately halted because a treaty doesn’t exist that legally binds the United States to WHO. Meanwhile, voluntary funds will be reassigned to different world health organizations. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reportedly already directing State Department employees to identify new organizations to receive the voluntary funds originally destined for WHO.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

“Pelosi is a lot more interested these days in bashing President Trump than holding China accountable which is a glaring departure from her long time record,” Indiana Rep. Jim Banks told the Daily Caller.

Kentucky Rep. James Comer told the Daily Caller that he believes the WHO is likely responsible for a number of deaths in the U.S.

“Every bit of information we got initially from the World Health Organization with respect to COVID-19 was completely inaccurate. And it’s probably led to a loss of lives in the United States. I don’t think very many people in Kentucky want to give the World Health Organization a penny of tax dollars until we get to the bottom of what went wrong,” Comer said.

Rep. Greg Steube told the Daily Caller that he believes the WHO is 100% responsible for thousands of deaths in the U.S. Steube said, “If you look at the timeline of the spread of COVID-19, it is clear that the WHO’s willingness to cover up the Chinese Communist Party’s disinformation is directly responsible for the death of thousands of people in the United States and across the world.”

The United States has been by far the largest contributor to the WHO’s yearly budget, donating in excess of $400 million a year.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans Criticize Pelosi For Saying Trump’s WHO Cuts Are ‘Illegal’

The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to advance a War Powers resolution which would limit President Donald Trump’s ability to use military action against Iran without approval from Congress.

The vote was bipartisan, 51-45, with eight Republicans voting with Democrats. The eight Republicans in favor of the resolution included Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and Indiana Sen. Todd Young.

Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, speaks during a press conference on aviation safety during the shutdown, as he is joined by airline personnel, air traffic controllers, and employees from the Federal Aviation Administration at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia on January 24, 2019. (Photo credit: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

“We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress votes to authorize such a war,” Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, who introduced the resolution said, according to CNN. “While the President does and must always have the ability to defend the United States from imminent attack, the executive power to initiate war stops there. An offensive war requires a congressional debate and vote. This should not be a controversial proposition.”

The resolution could be vetoed by Trump, as he vetoed a War Powers resolution in 2019.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Senate Passes War Powers Measure

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday will reportedly be announcing his bid for his old U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, sources close to the matter told the Daily Caller.

Sessions has been considering the run for his old Alabama Senate seat, making phone calls discussing a potential campaign, according to October reports.

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks during a farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building May 09, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The former Attorney General said in December of 2018 that he does not plan on running for political office again amid rumors he might challenge Democratic Alabama Sen. Doug Jones for his old Senate seat in 2020. Sessions, who President Donald Trump fired as attorney general on Nov. 7 2018, did not indicate any plans to run for his old Senate seat, now occupied by Jones, in an interview with Politico. Sessions said instead, he could spend time in “the woods” with his 10 grandchildren.

Sessions would be joining a crowded race to beat Democratic Alabama Sen. Doug Jones along with five other major Republican candidates, including Rep. Bradley Byrne, Alabama state Rep. Arnold Mooney, former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and former Alabama state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Jeff Sessions To Announce Senate Bid Thursday

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify before Congress, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff announced Tuesday.

Mueller will appear in an open session July 17 after being subpoenaed by two committees, lawmakers announced Tuesday night.

“The American public deserves to hear directly from you about your investigation and conclusions,” Nadler and Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said in a joint letter.

Mueller defended the report of his investigation into the Trump campaign at a press conference, saying he found no collusion between Russia and the campaign, and that he would be “formally closing the special counsel’s office” and “resigning from the Department of Justice to return to private life.”

Mueller also said that “there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy.” He also clarified that, in the event Congress issues a subpoena for him to testify, “the report is my testimony.” It will be harder for Congress to get Mueller to appear since he has resigned and is now a private citizen.

FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee July 26, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was held to examine whether the FBI have misused their power. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Nadler said in early April, after Attorney General William Barr addressed the media, that he wanted Mueller to testify before the committee as soon as possible.

The New York Democrat also called on Mueller to testify in front of the group, after earlier calls from Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the committee. Collins asked Nadler to “immediately” invite Mueller to testify before Congress. However, Mueller is not scheduled to testify.

After Barr announced there was no collusion or obstruction committed by Trump or the Trump campaign, Nadler said that the findings were still unclear and that Congress must hear from Mueller in order to better understand the results.

Regardless of the report’s findings, Nadler requested a number of documents from the White House and sent letters seeking information from people and organizations close to Trump on March 4.

Nadler sent the 81 requests to groups, individual people, and organizations, searching for any evidence of Constitutional abuses and corruption committed by Trump. The New York Democrat said the requests for documents are intended to “begin investigations, to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, about corruption and abuse of power.”

Democrats and cable news pundits have continued to say the Mueller report is a cover-up.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Mueller To Testify Before Congress

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