This was a buried lede in an NBC News story from earlier this evening, and noticed by Raw Story:
President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the Director of National Intelligence is facing a stolen valor situation after claiming to have put terrorists in jail, NBC News reported Monday.
“[John] Ratcliffe, 53, has little experience in national security or intelligence. He was elected in 2014 with the support of the Tea Party, ousting 91-year-old incumbent Republican Ralph Hall. Ratcliffe had been the mayor of Heath, Texas — population 7,000 — from 2004 to 2012,” NBC reported. “During that time, Ratcliffe became a federal prosecutor, named chief of anti-terrorism and national security for the Eastern District of Texas. In 2007, Ratcliffe was named the district’s acting U.S. attorney by President George W. Bush.”
“Although Ratcliffe’s website says he ‘put terrorists in prison,’ there is no evidence he ever prosecuted a terrorism case,” NBC reported.
The story checks out. Here is a screenshot of Ratcliffe’s official House of Representatives website:
Note the third line below “Biography” – it says “Ratcliffe put terrorists in prison…”. But according to the NBC article, he never did. The closest he came was once busting a US charity for funneling money to Hamas.
In a normal universe, lies like this are a deal-breaker for important government appointments. Please urge your senators to vote no on Ratcliffe.
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