Fmr. Sen. Dan Coats confirmed as National Intelligence Director

Posted March 18, 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. "After 34 years of service in the House, Senate and as USA ambassador to Germany, I was ready to make a transition and planned to move on to a new chapter of my lifelong journey back home again in Indiana", Coats said. He was a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee before leaving office early this year.

Senators voted 85-12 Wednesday to approve the nomination of Coats, making him the fifth person to hold the post created after the September 11 attacks.

The vote was 85-12 to confirm Coats, who also served as ambassador to Germany under former President George W. Bush.

Coats was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence at the U.S. Capitol.

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Burr says he's confident his former Republican colleague will help the intelligence community face a wide range of challenges.

As the Trump administration's top intelligence official, Coats would oversee 16 other intelligence agencies that have, at times, been criticized by Trump.

Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said that he was "a little uncomfortable" that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence had not yet provided lawmakers with the "proper computer technology we need to go through the evidence".