Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Departure of Director Coats

July 29, 2019

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the departure of Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats:

“America is better prepared for the threats we face thanks to Dan Coats’ leadership of our Intelligence Community. Over the last two years, he has served this Administration with integrity and sound judgment, making significant progress in addressing the shortcomings that left us vulnerable to foreign interference in our elections. He has also done a great deal to direct our attention toward growing aggression from Russia, China, and Iran, including testifying at our Committee’s annual Worldwide Threats hearing earlier this year. I am grateful for Dan’s service to our country over his long career as Director of National Intelligence, Ambassador, and as a former colleague in the Senate, and I wish him and his wife Martha a happy retirement.

“I spoke with Congressman Ratcliffe yesterday to congratulate him on the President’s intention to nominate him to this post. When the White House submits its official nomination to the Senate Intelligence Committee, we will work to move it swiftly through regular order. In the meantime, I look forward to working with DNI’s Principal Deputy Director Sue Gordon, who has been a trusted partner to our Committee.”