Trump wants former Sen. Dan Coats to be intelligence chief
WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump says he'll nominate former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats as national intelligence director.
Trump says in a statement that Coats - a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee before retiring from Congress last year - will lead the new administration's "ceaseless vigilance against those who seek to do us harm."
The post requires Senate confirmation. The office was created after the Sept. 11 attacks to improve coordination among U.S. spy and law enforcement agencies.
Trump's announcement comes one day after release of a declassified government report on Russian efforts to influence the presidential election. The report predicts Russia isn't done intruding in U.S. politics and policymaking.
Trump wants to improve relations with Russia and repeatedly has denounced intelligence agencies' assessment that the Kremlin interfered in the election.
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