Fmr. Sen. Dan Coats confirmed as National Intelligence Director
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 15, 2017,
Mar 15, 2017, 22:47
A bipartisan 85 to 12 vote has confirmed Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence, a Cabinet-level position overseeing 16 US intelligence agencies. The former senator from IN will oversee more than a dozen USA intelligence agencies.
Coats previously served as the US Ambassador to Germany under George W. Bush.
The final vote was 85 senators in favor and 12 opposed.
Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee seemed confident in Trump's choice.
Coats succeeds James Clapper and becomes the fifth director of national intelligence since the office was created by Congress in 2004 in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11. Fifty-one votes were required for confirmation.
The Senate Intelligence committee voted overwhelmingly last week to approve Coats' nomination. Dan Coats was confirmed as the Director of National Intelligence on Wednesday afternoon. But Wyden said he would vote against Coats' confirmation because the intelligence community "has stonewalled" Congress on information it needs to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, including the number of law-abiding US citizens who have been spied on.
Historically, the director of national intelligence has had a close ear to the president. When the CIA, for instance, suggested that Russian Federation had interfered in the election, the president dismissed the report, noting that this was the same agency who erroneously thought Iraq was harboring weapons of mass destruction.