Senate confirms Trump's pick for national intelligence chief
Senate confirms Trump's pick for national intelligence chief
Fmr. Sen. Dan Coats confirmed as National Intelligence Director
18 March, 2017, 01:40
The intelligence position was created in 2004, fallout from the September 11, 2001 attacks and has become critical in helping prevent another terror attack.
Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office after the Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Coats' nomination by a vote of 85-12. But just hours before the Senate voted to confirm him Wednesday, leaders of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence raised concerns that their access to documents about the Russian Federation investigation was being limited at the very office Coats is taking over.
He succeeds James Clapper, who retired just before Trump took office.
Historically, the director of national intelligence has had a close ear to the president.
Senators approved the nomination of former US Senator Coats in a 85-12 vote, while 51 votes were needed for the confirmation.
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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".
Burr says he's confident his former Republican colleague will help the intelligence community face a wide range of challenges.
In all, there are 16 different agencies that make up the nation's intelligence-gathering network.
Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee seemed confident in Trump's choice. "I'm proud that he will continue his dedicated service as Director of National Intelligence to President Trump".
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