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Trump taps former Sen. Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence

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President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) to be the Director of National Intelligence, according to CBS News

Coats, an Army veteran, has served in the U.S. Senate. He was also as an ambassador to Germany under George W. Bush, as well as a U.S. representative. 

While in the Senate, he served on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Intelligence Committee. Coats left Congress at the end of last year. 

The position of Director of National Intelligence was formed in 2005 as a result of the 9/11 Commission Report. The report found that different intelligence agencies did not coordinate well enough in the run up to the 9/11 attacks.

The position of DNI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) was created to be the head of the intelligence community as a whole. As head of the intelligence community, the DNI works to ensure that the different intelligence agencies work together. 

The current DNI, James Clapper, said that Russia attempted to interfere with the 2016 election.

Clapper, along with members of the FBI and CIA, will brief Trump on Friday about why they believe Russia is responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee as well as Hillary Clinton's top aide, John Podesta. 

Donald Trump has expressed reservations about Russia's involvement. 

A report from the Wall Street Journal indicated that Trump thinks the ODNI has become bloated and is looking to reduce the size of the intelligence agencies like the CIA.

Trump's incoming press secretary, Sean Spicer, dismissed the article as "false." 

Trump taps former Sen. Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence

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