WASHINGTON (AP) Former Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., was sworn in as the nation’s top spy chief on Thursday, March 16.
Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office after the Senate’s 85-12 vote on Wednesday to confirm Coats’ nomination.
Coats is President Donald Trump’s top intelligence official overseeing 16 other intelligence agencies.
He also sits between America’s intelligence workers and Trump. The president has harshly criticized the intelligence community for past failures, and for its assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election in an effort to tilt the outcome in Trump’s favor.
Coats is the fifth person to serve as director of national intelligence, a job created by the Bush administration after the 9/11 attacks.
He succeeds James Clapper, who retired just before Trump took office.