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BUSTED: Trump nominee caught lying about his qualifications as he faces Senate confirmation

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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.”

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“Although Ratcliffe’s website says he ‘put terrorists in prison,’ there is no evidence he ever prosecuted a terrorism case,” NBC reported.

“He convicted individuals who were funneling money to Hamas behind the front of a charitable organization,” the congressman’s office claimed in a 2015 press release.

“While he was U.S. attorney in East Texas, Ratcliffe was appointed as a special prosecutor in a terrorism funding case in Dallas, U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation, in which a Muslim charity was found guilty of funneling money to the Palestinian terror group,” NBC reported. “But Ratcliffe’s name does not appear in the Holy Land trial record.”

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‘He’d back out from bone spurs’: Internet mocks Trump for saying if impeachment was a ‘prizefight they’d stop it’

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President Donald Trump lamented that if the House Intelligence Committee hearings were a "prizefight" then they'd "stop it." It isn't clear what Trump is trying to say with the comment, but the internet agreed with his take, because he would have been knocked out.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1197298118330474498

Typically boxing matches aren't stopped until the end of each round or a boxer is knocked down. So, it's possible Trump means that he doesn't think they are playing fair. Indeed, after Wednesday's testimony, Trump may feel as though he's been slugged below the belt.

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Trump announces he just opened Apple plant in Texas that has been there since 2013

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On Wednesday, during a visit to Austin, President Donald Trump tweeted that he "opened a major Apple Manufacturing plant in Texas" and promised that it will return "high paying jobs" to America — then trashing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for "closing Congress":

Today I opened a major Apple Manufacturing plant in Texas that will bring high paying jobs back to America. Today Nancy Pelosi closed Congress because she doesn’t care about American Workers!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2019

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Trump pushes Georgia governor he helped elect to appoint a key anti-impeachment ally to Senate

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On Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that President Donald Trump is pushing Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) to name Georgia Congressman Doug Collins to the seat vacated by the late Sen. Johnny Isakson.

Collins, one of a great many Republicans who is interested in appointment to Isakson's seat, is a staunch ally of Trump in the House, and has attacked any and all efforts to investigate the president, including the impeachment proceedings into his interference with Ukraine military aid.

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