“The fundamental problem seems we have a president who refuses to accept the reality whether it’s presented to him before his eyes or through an intelligence briefing,” Peters said. “I can tell you our intelligence personnel have had to reduce extremely complex issues to one page of bullet points and the president’s mind still wanders off that one page. You’ve got a guy who is not interested in intelligence, he somehow believes that he can make it up as he goes. And yes, he want sycophants. He wants yes men. He doesn’t want to be challenged and he has found what appears to me the perfect sycophant.”

Peters went on to directly challenge Ratcliffe’s credentials, telling Cooper that the Congressman, who has served just seven months on the House Intelligence Committee, was “utterly unqualified and profoundly unqualified.”

“He just shouldn’t be anywhere near the office of the Director of National Intelligence,” Peters added. “Think about the people we had, Jim Clapper, people like that, that knew what they were doing and gave their lives to intelligence, and you’re gonna put a monkey in there?”