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

Cesar Mills
March 20, 2017

Dan Coats was sworn in as the nation's fifth director of national intelligence Thursday, one day after his nomination was easily confirmed by the Senate. The former senator from IN will oversee more than a dozen U.S. intelligence agencies.

Earlier, the tally was 77-11, while the vote was ongoing.

Mr. Coats will oversee 16 intelligence agencies.

FILE - In this February 28, 2017 file photo, then-Director of National Intelligence-designate Dan Coats testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Coats, 73, is a former Republican senator and House member and a former US ambassador to Germany.

Earlier, the USA president lashed out at Senate Democrats for the failure to confirm all the executive Cabinet nominees. The overarching position of national intelligence director was created to address the problem and create a single person to whom all intelligence agencies are held accountable.

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

"Dan has stepped up to lead our intelligence community at a critical time". Trump's first choice for his essential national security adviser, Mike Flynn, was forced to resign after allegedly misrepresenting the content of December phone calls with the Russian ambassador.

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