DNI Nominee Vows to Work with Lawmakers on Russian Probe

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President Donald Trump’s pick for Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said on Tuesday that the U.S. needs to look at Russian actions “with eyes wide open and a healthy degree of skepticism” as he vowed that, if confirmed, he has “no intention” of holding back any information from the Senate Intelligence Committee as it conducts its investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.   

The former senator faced a largely friendly reception from the committee he once served on as he tackled questions about the DNI’s role, the threats facing the country, and the administration’s current handling of the National Security Council. If confirmed as DNI, Coats would head up the Intelligence Community (IC) in a role meant to serve as the principal advisor to Trump and the NSC on intelligence issues.

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