Trump wants former Sen. Dan Coats to be intelligence chief

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Donald Trump (Photo: Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 2.0)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump says he’ll nominate former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats as national intelligence director.

Trump says in a statement that Coats – a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee before retiring from Congress last year – will lead the new administration’s “ceaseless vigilance against those who seek to do us harm.” The post requires Senate confirmation.

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The office was created after the Sept. 11 attacks to improve coordination among U.S. spy and law enforcement agencies.

Trump’s announcement comes one day after release of a declassified government report on Russian efforts to influence the presidential election. The report predicts Russia isn’t done intruding in U.S. politics and policy-making.

Trump wants to improve relations with Russia and repeatedly has denounced intelligence agencies’ assessment that the Kremlin interfered in the election.