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

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

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

President Trump's choice to lead the Office of National Intelligence is confirmed by his former Senate colleagues.

The Senate voted 85 to 12 to confirm Coats as the director of national intelligence, a role in which Coats pledged to work closely with members of Congress to facilitate their various probes into allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 elections for the goal of aiding President Donald Trump's chances of victory.

Wyden said he likes Coats personally, but doesn't think he has provided a firm commitment to give the committee vital information, especially about the nation's surveillance programs, it needs to oversee the intelligence community. Dan Coats can formally say goodbye to his brief retirement.

Both senators from Indiana, Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Todd Young, voted in favor of confirming Coats.

Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina is the committee chairman. Bernie Sanders, of ME and Republican Sen. Coats used to serve on the Senate's Intelligence Committee. 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. "I'm proud that he will continue his dedicated service as Director of National Intelligence to President Trump".

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