Dear Hon. Dan Coats, DNI Director, Please Let Trump Fire You, So Succession Rules Apply

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Dear Director Dan Coates, as our Top US Spy and head of  the Department of National Intelligence (DNI), please make the wanna-be authoritarian republican President Donald Trump fire you. In many governmental agencies there are succession rules that apply which is, dependent on whether its head was fired vs. resigned. Don’t be gracious in acceding to President Trump’s wish to replace you with another one of his extreme partisan’s lackeys in this key position of top US spy.

President Trump prefers the GOP from TX, Rep. John Ratcliffe to be the US top spy. He managed to please GOP leaders with his questioning of Mr. Mueller on 7/24/2019 US Congressional hearing. Rep. Ratcliffe is rated as the most GOP conservative in the US House of Representatives.

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Here is the rest of the story…

As per July 28, 2019 New York Times report, “Dan Coats Expected to Step Down as Intelligence Chief” by Julian E. Barnes and Maggie Haberman, “Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, is expected to step down in the coming days after spending his tenure at odds with President Trump over issues including Russia and Mr. Trump’s own attacks on the intelligence community, people familiar with the decision said on Sunday (7/28/2019).

“To replace him, the people said, the president was likely to tap Representative John Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican and staunch defender of Mr. Trump. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, he sharply questioned Robert S. Mueller III, the former special counsel, at last week’s hearing.”

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On July 28, 2019, Jonathan Swan of Axios penned the following report, “Scoop: Rep. John Ratcliffe favored to replace Dan Coats as DNI”


President Trump is expected to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence, according to three sources familiar with the president’s deliberations.

Behind the scenes: Trump was thrilled by Ratcliffe’s admonishment of former special counsel Robert Mueller in last week’s House Judiciary Committee hearing. “The special counsel’s job, nowhere does it say that you were to conclusively determine Donald Trump’s innocence or that the special counsel report should determine whether or not to exonerate him,” Ratcliffe, a former prosecutor, said to Mueller.



  • “I agree with Chairman Nadler this morning when he said Donald Trump is not above the law,” Ratcliffe added. “But he damn sure should not be below the law which is where Volume II of this report puts him.”

“As with all of Trump’s decisions, his advisers caution that the president could still change his mind at the last minute, but senior administration officials familiar with the president’s deliberations say Ratcliffe is the favorite.”

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“The big picture: Trump has been mulling replacing Coats since at least February, as Axios recently reported. The director of national intelligence serves as an overseer of the U.S. intelligence community and a close adviser to the president and National Security Council, producing each day’s top-secret Presidential Daily Brief.”

  • “Trump has privately said he thinks the Office of the Director of National Intelligence represents an unnecessary bureaucratic layer and that he’d like to get rid of it. He has been told that eliminating the ODNI is not politically possible, but would still like to “downsize” the office.”

Between the lines: Coats has rankled Trump more than once with his public comments, according to sources with direct knowledge. He angered Trump when he appeared to criticize the president’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin during an on-stage interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell at last year’s Aspen Security Forum.

  • And he drew Trump’s ire again in January when he told a Senate panel that North Korea was unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons, contradicting the president’s cheerier assessments.
  • When I reported on Coats’ impending departure earlier this month, Coats said in a statement provided by ODNI: “I am focused on doing my job, and it is frustrating to repeatedly be asked to respond to anonymous sources and unsubstantiated, often false rumors that undercut the critical work of the Intelligence Community and its relationship with the President.
  • “I am proud to lead an IC singularly focused on the vital mission of providing timely and unbiased intelligence to President Trump, VP Pence and the national security team in support of our nation’s security.”

Link to entire report: Scoop: Rep. John Ratcliffe favored to replace Dan Coats as DNI

See: Surprise, Surprise: Trump Can’t Legally Replace DNI Director Dan Coats With His Lackey


  1. Gronda, like James Mattis, Dan Coats waa guilty of telling the truth, even if it offended the person does not know when the truth stops and the lies begin. So, Coats must go. Sad. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      This is upsetting because the DNI Director Dan Coats was someone who we could trust to tell us the truth while being a competent professional..Now we’re going to be stuck with the equivalent of another AG William Barr who’ll be like another male Stepford wife.

      Here’s what’s more troubling. one by one, President Trump is placing his male Stepford wives into key positions. This racist vermin in the White House can’t be gone fast enough for me.

      Hugs, Gronda


      • Gronda, the term “male Stepford Wives” is apt. There are two books out now where Republican leaders have soured on Mike Pence who has become the biggest toadie of all.

        Here is the test to become a member of Trump’s team. Can you say “Yes, Mr. President, I agree with you.”

        Do you remember that famous televised cabinet meeting where every member but Mattis genuflected to the incumbent. It was sickening. Keith


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