Senate confirms Trump's pick for national intelligence chief

Senate confirms Trump's pick for national intelligence chief

A bipartisan 85 to 12 vote has confirmed Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence, a Cabinet-level position overseeing 16 USA intelligence agencies.

The Senate has confirmed former Indiana Sen.

He was United States ambassador to Germany from 2001 to 2005 under the George W. Bush administration.

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

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, lauded Coats' nomination after Wednesday's vote.

The Senate formally endorsed Coats, a moderate Republican who represented IN in the body until the beginning of January, by a vote of 85 to 12.

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The Senate backed key players of President Donald Trump's national security team on Wednesday, confirming his pick for intelligence director and clearing the way for an active-duty Army general to serve as his national security adviser.

Donnelly said in a statement that Coats "is eminently qualified for this new role, and I trust he will remain clear-eyed about the threats facing our nation, including Russian attempts to undermine our democracy". Fifty-one votes were required for confirmation.

Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee seemed confident in Trump's choice.

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