Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

Senate confirms Trump's pick for national intelligence chief

Senate votes to approve Trump's picks for key security posts Fmr. Sen. Dan Coats confirmed as National Intelligence Director
Elaine Woods | 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.

Tesla raises $1.2 bln, tapping market again for funding
Especially considering that the image featured a auto that appeared to have been in the final phases of the design process. With that added to the tally, the maximum amount the company could potentially raise touches the $1.15 billion mark.

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The messages, which were found on the teenager's Kindle Fire tablet, later led to the charges against the Oklahoma senator. Senate officials said Shortey will still receive his $38,400 annual salary as a senator and will be allowed to vote.

Emily Blunt to star with husband for first time
But both loved the script for A Quiet Place so much, they made a decision to go ahead and make it together . Paramount and Platinum Dunes are handling production, and Michael Bay is among the producers.

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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