Trump intelligence nominee supports probes on Russian interference
Patricia Zengerle, Dustin Volz, Politico, FEb 28 2017
Pres Trump’s nominee for DNI pledged on Tuesday to support thorough investigation of any Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, seeking to reassure any critturs worried that partisan politics might interfere with a probe. Former Republican Senator Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee:
I think this is something that needs to be investigated and addressed. This committee will have full access to all of the documents and other materials needed for an investigation. I have no intention of holding anything back from this committee.
In his opening statement, Coats listed activity by Russia, along with that of China and North Korea, as among the main challenges faced by Pindostan, saying:
Russia’s assertiveness in global affairs is something I look upon with great concern, which we need to address with eyes wide open and a healthy degree of skepticism.
One concern about Coats was his record on the Pindo use of torture after the 2001 attacks. In 2015, he was one of the few critturs who opposed legislation sponsored by Walnuts McCain that made the use of such techniques illegal. Coats promised that he would follow the law, saying he voted against that legislation because he wanted “to at least have a discussion” about the best way to proceed if intelligence agencies wanted to obtain crucial information quickly. Coats also strongly defended surveillance programs, though he said he would “do everything I can” to publicly disclose an estimate of the number of Pindosis caught in the crosshairs of internet surveillance programs (supposedly) intended to target foreigners. But he stopped short of guaranteeing such a disclosure. Although he was ambassador to Germany under Bush 43, Coats would be the first DNI who has not spent most of his career in the military, in intelligence agencies or as a diplomat. He is expected to be easily confirmed.