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Trump picks Dan Coats for intelligence director

Dan Coats was one of six US legislators and three White House aides blacklisted by Moscow in 2014 in reprisal for US sanctions placed on the countryPresident-elect Donald Trump on Saturday formally announced former Indiana Senator Dan Coats as his pick for US director of national intelligence. A mild-mannered former ambassador to Germany who also served on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Coats was widely expected to be selected for the job coordinating 16 intelligence and security agencies — a position Trump may slim down. “Dan has clearly demonstrated the deep subject matter expertise and sound judgment required to lead our intelligence community,” Trump said in a statement.

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