IN­TEL­LI­GENCE CHIEF CON­FIRMED

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The Se­nate voted 85-12 Wed­nes­day to con­firm Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s choice for na­tional in­tel­li­gence di­rec­tor, for­mer In­di­ana Sen. Dan Coats. Coats re­places James Clap­per, who re­tired at the end of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion. As the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s top in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cial, Coats will over­see 16 other in­tel­li­gence agen­cies that have been harshly crit­i­cized at times by Trump for past fail­ures and their as­sess­ment that the Krem­lin in­ter­fered in the elec­tion to help him win. Sen. John McCain of Ari­zona, the Repub­li­can chair­man of the Se­nate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, said Coats will be an ef­fec­tive di­rec­tor and also would re­store cred­i­bil­ity to the U.S. in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity.

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