Senator Dan Coats Accepts His Presidential Commission as Director of National Intelligence…

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) was created as an outcome of the 911 Commission Report to work as a hub of intelligence sharing amid all of the intelligence agencies.  The primary function of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is to ensure all agencies are working with the same information.

After a senate confirmation vote yesterday (85-12), today Senator Dan Coats accepted his commission; and with the swearing in by Vice-President Mike Pence, becomes President Trump’s Director of National Intelligence.

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94 Responses to Senator Dan Coats Accepts His Presidential Commission as Director of National Intelligence…

  1. mikebrezzze says:

    I’m pretty sure now that obama fears this man, he’s off hiding in French Polynesia, makes me wonder about their extradition practices !

    Liked by 5 people

  2. SharonKinDC says:

    Coates loves Pence… nary a mention of Trump thus far…Welp, one reference to ‘the President’ in a list including the VP… This is certainly Pence’s guy…and, imo, the way he gushed over Pence, it was a bit…odd.

    Liked by 10 people

    • platypus says:

      Maybe Pence has some of Coates’ dirty laundry hidden in a safe somewhere.

      Liked by 3 people

      • whoseyore says:

        More likely the other way around and this was a favor to Coates. Absolutely, a couple of good old Hoosiers and I can say that because I am a Hoosier. The minute that he was named a red flag went up for me. I never voted for this man. And of all positions – Director of National Intelligence!

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        • Rick20033 says:

          Fellow Hooiser here and I agree that Coates isn’t the person the president needs to help with Deep State issues. Dan Coates is establishment through and through. That’s why they pulled him out of the lobbyist broom closet in 2010 to defeat genuine conservatives like John Hostettler.

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    • Martin says:

      That’s not good.

      Liked by 5 people

    • It was a lot odd, just like his description of America. We are watching as deep state infiltrates, still.

      Coates did not mention anything about returning the country to greatness, he thinks it is great the way it is. Wants to “keep it that way”.

      Bah. Would love to have something positive to say, indeed.

      Liked by 7 people

    • justfactsplz says:

      There seems to be quite a few Pence and Priebus guys and gals in the administration.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Paul Killinger says:

      They’re close political friends.

      But I strongly suspect P-Trump is effectively serving as his own DNI, at least for now.

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    • paper doll says:

      Pence is building his team.

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  3. Publius2016 says:

    Interesting to see the number of Middle Americans well represented in President Trump’s Team of Patriots.

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  4. big bad mike says:

    Despite the misgivings that Lame Cherry and others have about Pence – I take him at his word and trust that he will defend the President. President Trump has a very keen survival instinct and will not become JFK or RFK who unfortunately couldn’t comprehend that people close to them were trying to kill them.

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    • Keln says:

      Agreed. I don’t understand this sudden, unqualified, mistrust of Pence I’ve seen around the Treehouse lately. Until Pence does something to demonstrate being untrustworthy, I see no reason to assume he is.

      One of the things Trump was known for well before running for president was having an uncanny knack for identifying talented people and choosing the best of the best to work for him.

      I highly doubt Trump would choose a snake as his VP. And all I hear is speculation and nonsense when it comes to people’s reasons for distrusting Pence.

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      • judyw says:

        For me it is my 6th sense….have never been certain he was actually chosen by POTUS. I will be happy to see Pence prove out to be as great a choice as Trump! 🙂

        Liked by 3 people

      • cjzak says:

        I agree and have said so too. Trust Pres. Trump to hire the people he thinks are the best for the jobs he’s giving them. VP is pretty much his right hand man, at least for govt. functions and I would think, for showing Pres. Trump the real ins and outs of DC politics and connecting to a lot of people who accept Pence and like him. I really can’t imagine him picking Pence if he was afraid of being undermined at every turn and behind his back.

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      • Paul Killinger says:

        Looking at the history of VP’s, the ones who buck their boss end up being frozen out.

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  5. repsort says:

    “The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) was created as an outcome of the 911 Commission Report ….”

    MOAR Government! MOAR! MOAR MOAR!
    It’s their answer to everything isn’t it???

    Liked by 7 people

    • Bull Durham says:

      Concur. Flynn was going to wipe it out. Check out the original EO on National Security.
      He had pushed CIA and DNI down and out of the top echelon.
      The first thing that happened after Flynn was CIA and DNI were back.

      And then we had all the serious Intel/Deep State leaks.

      Coats is a place holder. His job was to hold the door while Flynn swept out all the garbage.

      And now he’s there to protect Pence. The two of them I would trust as far as I could throw them. And you can keep Pompeo too.

      It’s like looking at Jeb Bush’s choices.

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      • truthandjustice says:

        Afraid you were going to say that. The more I find out about Pence the more I’ve had to come to the conclusion – which I don’t like – that he is likely in cahoots to take down Pres. Trump.

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      • andymilken says:

        Agree, Bull. I believe our president and Gen Flynn’s original intention was to remove the post entirely or to make it irrelevant, but they got him before they can start. It is interesting that they tried to eliminate lots of “input” from the different departments of intelligence like to exclude the inter-army chief of staff and the director of CIA from any NSC meetings. Regarding VP Pence, I still have reservation about him, after the selection and even now. There is no coincidence that Mr. Coats was nominated for the post. IMO put him in charge of the transition team was not wise. But I guess everything was off, time wise when they “ditched” Christie. BTW, are you from CA? When do they start to “track” the purchases of ammo?

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      • dayallaxeded says:

        Disagree completely. Brennan, Clapper, et al. would probably all still be there under Jebbita. Shoot, he wouldn’t have worked enough by now to even put a full slate of cabinet nominees together. Time for another siesta, says Jebbita!

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      • Orygun says:

        I thought the only reason he picked Pence was to insure he would become the President. Having the Pence group behind him would help in carrying several of the States and that was my thinking especially after Pence endorsed Cruz.
        Now I think he is just trying to work with him and turn him to his side but the way Pence keeps bringing in more Bushies and NeverTrumpers it doesn’t seem like it is working. I think Pence sounds more like a TV minister and he just doesn’t strike me as sincere. When they went after Trump with the audio tape he was less than supporting and wishywashy. My BS radar goes off around him and it hardly fails me.
        There are millions of Americans from the rallies I would rather see my President with than that bunch of sneaky lowlife scumdog political whores that are hovering around him.

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        • justfactsplz says:

          I think President Trump only picked Pence because Jarod and Ivanka wanted him to pick Pence. President Trump didn’t seem very excited after the announcement of Pence being picked. Wisdom comes with age. Young people may think they know best but often lack the wisdom to make sound decisions, especially if those decisions are in a field you have little knowledge in.

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    • Yes. Their answer to everything is moar “government”.

      And we stand or sit idly by and watch… the original dindu nuffins in office do plenty.

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    • jupitercomm says:

      The office already existed under a different name from 1946-2005. The DCI or Director of the CIA used to be the primary intelligence adviser & coordinator to the President & NCS. So the office itself is a product of the National Security Act

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    • whoseyore says:

      Knowing our wonderful President, he may scale it way back to save some buckage!

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  6. georgiafl says:

    Coats seems frail, anxious and uncertain. I hope he has some Xtra-Strong Geritol somewhere.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Phil aka Felipe says:

    If we were going to have a Hoosier, heck, I’d had rather have Bobby Knight in this position because of his loyalty to President Trump.

    Liked by 10 people

  8. Rip Tide says:

    Keep prayin’, keep workin’ hard, keep spreadin’ truth!! God’s got this⚡️⚡️⚡️

    Liked by 6 people

  9. rvsueandcrew says:

    Does anyone have something positive to say? I’d love to see it.

    Liked by 6 people

    • Yes. I trust that Pres Trump knows what he’s doing and he has a plan. We need to give him some time.

      Liked by 7 people

    • Southern Son says:

      Yea!
      Only Two Confirmations to go!!
      Not counting Gorsuch and one other.
      THEN…we can Really get down n dirty on the mat.
      Is that good?
      MAGA!

      Liked by 4 people

    • Actuality isn’t always rosy. Better to question everything than simply accept anything that comes along. That’s what got us here in the first place.

      Liked by 4 people

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I agree with you, onlyamericans. It’s just depressing, after waiting so long for these confirmations, that when one occurs the thread begins with a bunch of criticisms of the choice. As anotherworriedmom wrote above… “we need to give him some time.”

        There’s plenty of time to criticize.

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    • truthandjustice says:

      I positively think God is behind “unprecedented Trump” and will help him to attain victory just as He “delivered” His other chosen ones in the past such as King David, even though they were surrounded by enemies. Some things never change —

      “Protect me from the plots of the wicked, from mobs of evil men. They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like arrows. They are quick to spread their shameless lies; they destroy good men with cowardly slander.”
      —Psalm 64:2-4

      Liked by 8 people

    • Phil aka Felipe says:

      How about this:

      There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)

      Liked by 8 people

    • missmarple2 says:

      I do, Am a Hoosier. Coats is a decent guy, maybe not as conservative as some would like, but very much a straight shooter in a mild-mannered way.

      He used to be a guest on Pence’s talk show, when Pence had a radio program. He is not afraid of answering questions on other local shows as well.

      This is a good appointment, in my opinion. Coats is calm and rational, and he loves America.

      Liked by 3 people

  10. psadie says:

    There are 17 Intel agencies and I am sure they “overlap” in their duties. PTrump can eliminate most of them so those left will have to work a little harder to earn their govt. perks!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keln says:

      There is some overlap, but they all have specific duties. Some half of them are defense, and each branch needs their own since each branch has a different focus. Combining them is not good, as it puts too much power into one agency. The CIA usurping roles of other agencies, such as their recently revealed level of cyber surveillance (which is the job of that NSA), is proof of this.

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  11. Coats is going to be one busy man.

    Liked by 4 people

    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Lying liars are going to lie. But not for long.

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      • yakmaster2 says:

        Let’s hope the Intelligence Committee really WANTS honest answers. As Tucker Carlson pointed out tonight, most of Congress acts like “fan boys” of the Intelligence Community. I have noticed they treat them like sacred cows, even when the lying liars lie to them UNDER OATH. Most members must be scared to death of being spied on themseves! After all, it’s certainly happened before.
        Perhaps POTUS himself has not demanded answers from the IC about campaign surveillance because he also knows lying liars lie—and obfuscate and deal in half-truths. Unless there’s a good hat whistleblower, Jeff Sessions will need to dig deep for information to give to the Committee because whatever proof exists has been very carefully hidden. Professional spies are very good at CYA.

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          I think it’s time to differentiate the White Hats from the Black Hats. Obama filled the upper ranks of the IC with black hats, and – well – that’s a problem.

          It helps to have a bunch of stuff that the black hats don’t want let out – that seems to be what protects the good guys. But all these pedos – BAM – they are OWNED.

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  12. dekester says:

    When I hear the negative comments, I pause and think. Hmmm..who would HRC have appointed?
    I remember once reading a statement by a member of the clergy, who was also a multi decade sober alcoholic.
    The statement was ” the myth of perfection” that statement has been around along time, but coming from that individual and his thoughts on it,have stuck with me.
    If we get eighty percent of what we want, or expect. Surely that is better than the negative 100% experienced from HRC.

    God Bless PDJT.

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  13. We have learned in the past few months that the heads of the intel agencies can do great harm to a President through spying and leaking unflattering information. If inclined they have the power to bring down a Presidency. It is therefore worrisome that the head of the ODNI is a very close friend of 30 years of Mike Pence who stands to benefit the most if President Trump were impeached.

    I really don’t understand why President Trump allowed this appointment. He should only want at the head of the intel agencies person’s who are personally known to and loyal to him not Pence. As it stands we have Pence loyalists heading up the ODNI and CIA (Pompeo) and a man described as a “dirty cop” heading up the FBI. A very perilous situation for President Trump IMO.

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    • missmarple2 says:

      Maybe President Trump has more information about Dan Coats than you do.

      I am tired of this Pence conspiracy stuff. It makes no sense.

      Pence is not about to betray President Trump. It’s not in his character. Even if he were inclined (which he is not) he has to know that Trump supporters would be outraged and desert the GOP.

      I understand everyone is concerned about all the stuff going on, but people should trust President Trump to do the right thing.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        You might want to get used to occasional conspiracy theory stuff if you continue to read here at CTH. Many many times there are differences of opinion on different topics here. It’s part of what makes this site so successful. Sundance often gives out little tidbits to get his readership to research more and to think outside the box.

        Like you say something is outside of Pence’s character. Do you know him personally or have facts to back this assumption? You see that’s your opinion and that’s totally okay for you to have that opinion without being chided by someone with a different opinion. The same goes for those who have an opinion different than yours.

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  14. JT says:

    This guy looks useless in all respects. Definitely a Pence pick.

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  15. Mickey Wasp says:

    My first impression … Coats is obviously scared, or at the very least worried and the way he looks at Pence – with the worrisome look and timid gestures and some kind of unfounded gratitude. Then Pence gives a sly grin like its going to be okay …

    Seems Coats is getting mixed messages … President Trump’s “drain the swamp” or Pence’s “there are a few of my comrades” in that swamp.

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  16. andi lee says:

    I am so elated by the appointment of Director Coats. Without a doubt, another man of integrity, through and through.

    Congratulations!, to Director Coats & Mrs. Coats!

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  17. Summer says:

    It is kinda funny to read about the 6th sense and misgivings and conspiracy theories about Pence and Coats (without a shred of evidence) coming from the fans of Gen. Flynn — a lobbyist for Erdogan, a guy who was paid by the Islamists, and who eventually was fired and had to register as a foreign agent. Lol.

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    • The Fighting Man says:

      I am not a Flynn fan any more than an anyone else fan. I am watching my hireling like a hawk to be sure he does his job. I hired President Trump to do a job he claimed he could do. I expect that job to be done or I will vote with my other “board members” to send him packing in 4 years. If he hires riff-raff that won’t help MAGA, that goes to judgment and integrity. I am merely watching over my stake in my country.

      A false dichotomy stating that to dislike milquetoast Coats one has to support foreign agent Flynn is not helpful. It tends to make the Trump voters into cheerleaders and their hirelings into “gladiators.” I never did like cheering on a sports team. I don’t support celebrity culture.

      It is degrading to a free man to do so.

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      • Summer says:

        You may not be a Flynn fan but quite a few of other “critics” are. My observation stands.
        No evidence, period. Just “feelings” and “perceptions” and, frankly, prejudice.
        You are entitled to all this, I never said otherwise. I said it was funny to watch.

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  18. deh3k says:

    I admit to being gullible, but Coats looks like an honest man – politician speaking – who Pence trusts to serve honestly and have the Administration’s back. That would be a vast improvement over Clapper.

    We are looking for honest leaders with integrity and competence. Unfortunately, most of the competent people in government are compromised. That may be the problem Mattis is experiencing. If so, there will be people brought in that we do not like. I wonder hat is better – a dishonest competent person, or an honest incompetent person.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      You can take an honest incompetent person and work with them. Because of their honesty they will work very hard to try and get it right. A dishonest person can’t be trusted to get it right even though they know how to. Truth rules imo..

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  19. 3x1 says:

    85-12 looks like uniparty approval.

    Congress wants syatus quo.

    *Everyone* in DC wants status quo, save for a few.

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