Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is expected to depart the administration as early as this week, two people familiar with the matter told NBC News. Axios was first to report on the impending change. The New York Times, ABC, and CNN confirmed the news. According to multiple outlets, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, is widely considered a favorite to be Coats' replacement following the congressman's sharp questioning of former special counsel Robert Mueller during his congressional testimony last week. The White House declined to comment on the record. Coats, a former Indiana senator, had not seen eye-to-eye with President Donald Trump on issues like Russian electoral interference and the president's past blasting of the intelligence community. Administration officials told NBC News in March that Coats considered resigning last year over the rift but Vice President Mike Pence convinced him to stay on. Ratcliffe, a staunch ally of the president from a deep-red district, won … [Read more...] about Dan Coats out as Trump’s intelligence chief soon
Updated 12:55 pm PDT, Friday, May 24, 2019 FILE - In this May 15, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr speak at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Trump is directing the U.S. intelligence community to "quickly and fully cooperate" with Barr's investigation of the origins of the multi-year probe into whether Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russia less FILE - In this May 15, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr speak at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Trump is ... more Photo: Evan Vucci, AP Photo: Evan Vucci, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 FILE - In this May 15, 2019, … [Read more...] about The Latest: Coats says spy agencies to cooperate with Barr
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland—It’s 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the first day of the 2019 Conservative Political Action Conference—not exactly a prime speaking slot—but a standing room-only crowd has gathered to hear from freshman Congressman Dan Crenshaw. While we wait for the 34-year-old Texan, who is running late due to a vote in the House, the first person I talk to at the back of the Eastern Shore meeting room is Jacob Foster, an 18-year-old high-school student at Gann Academy outside Boston, who is attending CPAC for the third time in his young life. Foster is something of an endangered species at the conference: a conservative who likes a lot of the policies advanced by President Donald Trump yet doesn’t intend to vote for him in 2020 because of Trump’s character. But Crenshaw gives Foster hope. “The glaring difference is he’s not facing accusations of sexual assault, he hasn’t had three marriages, he didn’t dodge the Vietnam … [Read more...] about Is Dan Crenshaw the Future of the GOP?
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer swiped at President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening, urging America's top intelligence official to stage an intervention and educate the commander in chief about how important it is for him to back the U.S. intelligence community. "I believe it is incumbent on you, Director Wray and Director Haspel to insist on an immediate meeting with the President to educate him about the facts and raw intelligence underlying the Intelligence Community assessments ...," Schumer (D-N.Y.) wrote in a letter to Dan Coats, the U.S. director of national intelligence.Story Continued Below Coats, who served with Schumer in the Senate, publicly undercut Trump's statements on Tuesday during a Senate Intelligence Community hearing where he spoke about ISIS' strength, North Korea nuclear weapons program and the Iran nuclear deal in vastly different terms than Trump does. Coats was joined by FBI Director Chris Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel, all of whom became the … [Read more...] about Schumer urges Coats to stage intelligence intervention with Trump
FBI Director Christopher Wray; CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats arrive with other U.S. intelligence community officials to testify before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on "worldwide threats" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia and China pose the biggest espionage and cyber attack threats to the United States and are more aligned than they have been in decades, the director of national intelligence told U.S. senators in testimony on worldwide threats on Tuesday. While the two countries seek to expand their global reach, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in prepared testimony, some American allies are pulling away from Washington in reaction to changing U.S. policies on security and trade, he said. “China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea increasingly use cyber operations to threaten both minds and machines in an expanding number of ways - to … [Read more...] about China most active in cyber espionage against U.S.: Coats