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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to Step Down in August

Jeff Brody
Dan Coats

Director of National Intelligence and a 2019 Wash100 winner Dan Coats will leave his post on Aug. 15, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

Coats, who assumed the role in March 2017, recently named Shelby Pierson, a more than 20-year intelligence community veteran, to the newly created role of IC election threats executive.

“Election security is an enduring challenge and a top priority for the IC,” Coats said in relation to Pierson’s appointment.

President Donald Trump thanked Coats, a former senator from Indiana, for his service to the country and announced in a tweet his plans to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to serve as the next DNI.

Ratcliffe serves on the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. He previously served as U.S. attorney of the eastern district of Texas and as a partner at the law firm of John Ashcroft, former attorney general.

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