INTELLIGENCE CHIEF CONFIRMED
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.