Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats Confirmed As Director of National Intelligence

Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats Confirmed As Director of National Intelligence

Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats Confirmed As Director of National Intelligence

The Senate Intelligence committee voted overwhelmingly last week to approve Coats' nomination.

Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office after the Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Coats' nomination by a vote of 85-12. But McMaster elected to remain in uniform rather than retire from military service, and generals of his rank need the chamber's approval when they're promoted or change assignments.

As the Trump administration's top intelligence official, Coats will oversee 16 other intelligence agencies that have been harshly criticized at times by Trump president for past failures and their assessment that the Kremlin interfered in the election to help him win.

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"Senator Coats has served the United States with great distinction". The vote followed another similarly bipartisan vote Wednesday confirming former Sen. He pledged during his confirmation hearing on February 28 to support a thorough investigation of any Russian effort to influence the 2016 presidential election. Since the early 1980s, Coats either has served in government or earned money as a lobbyist and board director.

"That information is critical to the central premise of smart intelligence policy: Security and liberty are not mutually exclusive, and Americans deserve both", Wyden said.

The only Republican who voted against Coats was Senator Rand Paul, one of the Senate's leading privacy advocates, as are several of the Democrats who also voted against Coats.

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