Dan Coats has been one of the quieter members of Donald Trump’s cabinet. The most noise that came out of Coats’ office was in January of this year when he contradicted a number of Trump’s claims about election interference.
The President announced today that Coats will be stepping down from his position. Trump has already tapped a successor and it is Congressman John Ratcliffe from Texas’ 4th District.
Trump tweeted on Sunday afternoon, “I am pleased to announce that highly respected Congressman John Ratcliffe of Texas will be nominated by me to be the Director of National Intelligence. A former U.S. Attorney, John will lead and inspire greatness for the Country he loves. Dan Coats, the current Director, will be leaving office on August 15th. I would like to thank Dan for his great service to our Country. The Acting Director will be named shortly.”
Ratcliffe made waves during the Mueller hearing with his aggressive questioning of the former Special Counsel. At the time, some had speculated that the Texas Congressman was auditioning for a spot in Trump’s cabinet. And now that speculation has seemingly been confirmed.
Coats had previously served as a Senator from Indiana before working in intelligence. As the Director of National Intelligence he was well liked and respected across both sides of the aisle.
Adam Schiff, who is currently the Chair of the House Intelligence committee, lauded Coats’ work. The California congressman tweeted, “I want to thank Dan Coats for serving as Director of National Intelligence with such distinction. He has been a great advocate for men and women of the Intelligence Community, and a good leader. Most important, he has had the independence and strength to speak truth to power.”
I want to thank Dan Coats for serving as Director of National Intelligence with such distinction.
He has been a great advocate for men and women of the Intelligence Community, and a good leader.
Most important, he has had the independence and strength to speak truth to power.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 28, 2019
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