I wonder if Sekulow or Giuliani or somebody who went to law school could explain first semester Torts to Donald Trump. The truth is an absolute defense to any charge of defamation. Trump doesn’t know that. He claims that yet another one of his ridiculously unqualified candidates for an office, John Ratcliffe, is a victim, “treated very unfairly” by the media and set up for “months of slander and libel.” Nah, Donny, he was set up for proper vetting, which is something that you don’t bother to do. You just watch ’em perform on TV and make an offer. This is just another version of The Apprentice to you, and it would be comical, if it wasn’t so damned dangerous, and Capital Hill the movie set.
….John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country. I will be announcing my nomination for DNI shortly.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2019
Here’s what really happened, per Axios:
The state of play, via Axios’ Jonathan Swan: Ratcliffe withdrew himself, per sources familiar with the situation. He was watching coverage of his possible nomination pile up, and the White House was getting word that he would struggle to get enough Republicans to confirm him. Ratcliffe “thought better to pull out now than put family through confirmation only to come up shy,” texted a source familiar with his thinking.
- According to a third source familiar with the situation, Ratcliffe did not anticipate the intensity of the reaction to his name being floated.
The backdrop: Ratcliffe, who defended Trump and “downplayed the threat posed by Russia” at former special counsel Robert Mueller’s July hearing, is not well-known by many Republican senators or trusted by Democrats, per Politico.
No, he’s not well known. He’s another Matthew Whitaker clone, embarrassingly unqualified, yet chosen by Trump because he can be combative on television and push Trump’s inane and insane talking points. That’s as sophisticated as Trump’s choices ever get. He probably should have let McConnell chose somebody. He might have found another serpent in the garden like Bill Barr.
Oh, well. Looks like Donnie’s plan to undermine the intelligence community just suffered a minor setback. “Too Bad!” as the saying goes.