Senate Endorses Dan Coats As Director Of National Intelligence

Tomas Mccoy
March 18, 2017

The Senate backed key players of President Donald Trump's national security team on Wednesday, confirming his pick for intelligence director and clearing the way for an active-duty Army general to serve as his national security adviser. "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.

Historically, the director of national intelligence has had a close ear to the president. Dan Coats can formally say goodbye to his brief retirement.

"Dan's intellect, his judgement, his honorable service and his commitment to the work force make him a natural fit as director of national intelligence", Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) said.

"Dan has stepped up to lead our intelligence community at a critical time".

Coats promised to provide lawmakers access to the intelligence community's findings during his confirmation hearing last month before the members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

The vote was 85-12 to confirm Coats, who also served as ambassador to Germany under former President George W. Bush. Bernie Sanders, of ME and Republican Sen.

Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Ron Wyden of OR voted against Coats.

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