March 23, 2017

US Senate confirms ex-senator Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence

20 March 2017, 04:54 | Ross Houston

Fmr. Sen. Dan Coats confirmed as National Intelligence Director

Senate votes to approve Trump's picks for key security posts

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

Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office after the Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Coats's nomination by a vote of 85-12.

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.

"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 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.

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McMaster was approved as Trump's second national security adviser in an 86-10 vote. The former Fort Wayne resident will oversee the intelligence-gathering operations of 17 agencies that together employ more than 100,000 people, including the CIA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency.

Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., said Coats is "an advocate for strong oversight of the intelligence community".

Coats, 73, has swung back and forth between government service and lobbying, the type of Washington career that Trump has mocked.

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