The US President-elect Donald trump announced the nomination of former Senator Daniel coats to the position of Director of the Office of national intelligence in the new administration. It is reported by CNN, citing sources in the transition team.
«The President-elect Donald trump has appointed the former Senator from Indiana, Dan Coates for the post of Director of national intelligence», the statement reads, UKRINFORM writes.
If the Senate confirms the nomination, Coates, who had just finished his career in the upper house, will become the chief adviser to trump intelligence and provide oversight of the efforts of the intelligence community of the United States.
Daniel Coates has served in the Senate from 1989 to 1999, after which he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Germany (in the administration of President George H. W. Bush). In 2010 he returned to the Senate after winning the election.
The choice of coats coincided with the advent of information about the intent of Donald trump to reduce the powers of the national reconnaissance Office. And although trump’s Sean Spicer denied the report on Thursday, January 5, in the team of the elected President continue to openly doubt the involvement of the Russian government to cyber attacks on the United States.
The current Director of national intelligence James Clapper will complete their powers after the inauguration of the President of the United States.
Yesterday, January 5, during a hearing in the Senate Committee on the armed forces James Clapper said that the information stolen from the servers of the National Committee of the US Democratic party and subsequent publication of her during the presidential elections in the United States was authorized senior Russian leaders.
«According to our estimates, only the highest Russian leadership could authorize the recent kidnapping and disclosure aimed at elections in the United States, given the size and vulnerability of those for whom it was intended», — said the head of the American intelligence structure.
He also expressed confidence that Russia will conduct cyber operations against the United States in the future. According to him, it is expected that they will be focused on gathering intelligence, providing decision-making by the Russian leadership, conducting influence operations to support military and political objectives of Russia, as well as for the preparation of cyberspace for future purposes.
We will remind, in the summer of 2016 was revealed that hackers stole from the national Committee of the Democratic party e-mail and passed it to WikiLeaks, which then published these materials. From documents followed that the Committee had supported presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to damage her opponent, the Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders.
U.S. intelligence has linked the cyber attack to Russia, and in early October, Washington officially accused Russia of hacking.
Trump has nominated former Senator from Indiana Coates to head the N. I. USA 06.01.2017