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Sen. Dan Coats Considered for Director of National Intelligence

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By    |   Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 09:35 PM

Retiring Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., is being considered to serve as director of national intelligence in the Trump administration, Politico reported. 

The Senate Intelligence Committee member — who's spent more than a decade in the Senate, served four terms in the House and was ambassador to Germany in the George W. Bush administration — met with President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday in New York.

"I didn't come here to be asked to be considered for anything," Coats told reporters afterward, the Indianapolis Star reported. 

"I was invited here to just sit down and discuss a number of issues that the president would be facing and I gave him some of my years of experience in terms of what I thought they would be dealing with and made some suggestions."

Politico, citing an unnamed senior Trump transition source, said the Indiana Republican was under consideration for the intel position.

Coats criticized some of Trump’s comments during the campaign, including the proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States, and the sexually aggressive comments captured on a 2005 video in which Trump boasted about his sexual behavior toward women, the Star reported.

But he never withdrew his support for the nominee, and Coats' wife, Marsha, argued as a member of the Republican National Committee that the party needed to unite behind Trump after he won the party's nomination.

James Clapper, the current director of national intelligence, has submitted his resignation and will exit the post on Jan. 20. 

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