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

Jay Jacobs
March 18, 2017

Coats' nomination had bipartisan support, with Democrat Joe Donnelly, Coats' former Senate colleague giving him support and his vote. 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.

Coats was twice a Republican Senator from IN, serving IN the 90's and then again for a term from 2011 to 2017.

Coats previously served as the US Ambassador to Germany under George W. Bush.

The confirmation leaves three Cabinet or Cabinet-level vacancies in the new administration.

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.

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Historically, the director of national intelligence has had a close ear to the president.

But Warner also said that Coats will take the job as the nation's top spy "during a very hard time because, unfortunately, this president, along with his closest advisers, has repeatedly and unfairly disparaged the professionalism and actions of the nation's intelligence professionals".

"Dan has stepped up to lead our intelligence community at a critical time".

In his confirmation hearing on February 28, Coats took a hard line on Russian Federation, defended extensive NSA surveillance, and supported the continued operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp for terrorists.

Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Ron Wyden of OR voted against Coats.

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