Senate confirms Trump's pick for national intelligence chief

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The U.S. Senate today confirmed President Trump's choice for Director of National Intelligence. In between Senate terms, he served as President George W. Bush's ambassador to Germany. Since the early 1980s, Coats either has served in government or earned money as a lobbyist and board director.

Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said Wednesday morning that Coats "will be a forceful advocate for intelligence collection, but again never jeopardizing that line of what is legal and what is not".

"Dan has the experience and judgment necessary to effectively lead the intelligence community", Burr said.

In all, there are 16 different agencies that make up the nation's intelligence-gathering network. "He believes in the need for intelligence that is timely, relevant and free of political interference". Dan Coats can formally say goodbye to his brief retirement.

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Former Indiana Republican senator Dan Coats was confirmed Wednesday as the country's top spy chief, taking over as Congress demands more information from the intelligence community about alleged contacts between the president's advisers and Russian officials. The committee's senior Democrat, Sen.

One of McMaster's staunchest supporters, Republican Sen. Rand Paul voted against his confirmation.

Coats said during his confirmation hearing at the Senate Intelligence Committee that moving back to the executive branch was not his plan when he announced his intent to retire from the Senate.

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