Senate confirms former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats for national intelligence director

Senate confirms former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats for national intelligence director

President Donald Trump's pick for national intelligence director has cleared a hurdle in the Senate. "After 34 years of service in the House, Senate and as US ambassador to Germany, I was ready to make a transition and planned to move on to a new chapter of my lifelong journey back home again in Indiana", Coats said. Since the early 1980s, Coats either has served in government or earned money as a lobbyist and board director.

Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina is the committee chairman.

As the Trump administration's top intelligence official, Coats will oversee 16 intelligence agencies that have, at times, been criticized by Trump, who has disparaged them for past failures and their assessment that the Kremlin interfered in the election in the president's favour. "He believes in the need for intelligence that is timely, relevant and free of political interference". The vote followed another similarly bipartisan vote Wednesday confirming former Sen.

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Coats, a former Republican Senator, was endorsed by a vote of 85 to 12 in the Senate.

Coats was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence at the U.S. Capitol. He is eminently qualified for this new role, and I trust he will remain clear-eyed about the threats facing our nation, including Russian attempts to undermine our democracy.

During his confirmation hearing before the Intelligence Committee, Coats said he views the job as providing reliable information to the Trump administration and congressional leaders, not to advocate policy positions.

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