The Sun : John Ratcliffe confirmed as director of national intelligence on party-line vote

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REP John Ratcliffe was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday as director of national intelligence.

The Texas representative, a Republican, was confirmed in a 49-44 party-line vote to be President Donald Trump's second permanent director.

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Rep John Ratcliffe was confirmed as director of national intelligence on Thursday[/caption]

Republicans have praised Ratcliffe, a strong supporter of Trump, while Democrats have been skeptical that he would serve with the independence they say is important for the job.

Ratcliffe tried to toss his reputation as a Trump loyalist at his confirmation hearing earlier this month, and insisted he would lead the nation's intelligence agencies without partisan influence.

Ratcliffe replaces Dan Coats, a former Republican senator who was popular in Congress — but who clashed with Trump in his two years in the job.

Richard Grenell, who is close to Trump, has been the acting director.

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