Trump Taps Former Senator Dan Coats As Director Of National Intelligence

Tyler Durden's picture

Just minutes after James Clapper finished explaining why Russia is America's arch enemy to congress, president-elect Trump has announced that he is choosing former Indiana Republcian Senator Dan Coats as his Director of National Intelligence.

As The Washington Post reports,
Coats, who is seen as a traditional Republican, served two stints in the Senate and was ambassador to Germany during George W. Bush’s presidency.

The Indiana Republican’s most recent term in the Senate ended earlier this week when the 114th Congress concluded. He also served in the chamber from 1989-1999.

The New York Times notes that Mr. Coats is a mild-mannered conservative who served on the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committees.

He would be stepping into a position that some in Mr. Trump’s orbit believe is superfluous. Mr. Trump has named a more hard-charging conservative, Representative Mike Pompeo, to be his director of central intelligence.


The choice of Mr. Coats comes as Mr. Trump is taking public swipes at American intelligence agencies.

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dexter_morgan's picture

Trump from Indiana or something? How'd he pull this pick out of his ass?


Bill of Rights's picture

At least he is doing the picking unlike the Magic homo who had his cabinet picked for him...BEFORE THE ELECTION RESULTS!

CheapBastard's picture

Pence is from Indiana and knows these people are reliable, honest and smart.

froze25's picture

If the CIA doesn't like him, we know the MSM doesn't like him so he must be good.

macholatte's picture


Reports are from NYT an WaPo...
Are they real or fake?

Maybe Tyler should check with Snopes before publishing stuff like that.

Koba the Dread's picture

Only fools believe anything on Snopes. Does anyone on ZH even understand wht the name Snopes refers to?

Kayman's picture

Who is better at leaving Russian fingerprints than the CIA?  And they can say with a straight face, "Russian fingerprints are all over the DNC".  Well, fingerprints and pepperoni.

pliny the longer's picture

not sure how much you know about our buddy coats from your comment;  he's another RINO MF'er  who reminds me of Soros, don't these old fuckers ever die?  my guess its a nod to pence to let him pass out some plums.  i hope they all butt fuck each other at the inauguration party, that's about the best i can say for coats and his ilk 

Dugald's picture
National Intelligence...


                                      A contradiction in terms....


ReZn8r's picture

I like that. Clapper is a disgusting looking motherfucker for sure.

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) dexter_morgan Jan 5, 2017 3:27 PM

Maybe Pence knows him well, and so helped Trump vet him.

hoosiertoo's picture

Coats is in the Lugar mold. I don't care for the pick.

Bill of Rights's picture

Another fine choice...

NugginFuts's picture

wait, did Dan Coats work for Goldman too? 

froze25's picture

Don't know yet but he is white so I guess there is a problem there.

decon's picture

That pic looks like the opening salvo in a johnson match.

Duc888's picture




DNI is likely to be downsized / consolidated in the future anyway...

buzzsaw99's picture

indiana has suffered more than anyone under the clinton-owebomber regimes.

Lumberjack's picture

Maine even worse.

“One company told us their energy bill is going up $125,000 and they simply can’t sustain it,” the Republican governor said in a conversation with WGAN radio talk show hosts Matt Gagnon and Ken Altshuler.
----note: the energy increase comes from massachusetts wind developers----

the wholesale price of eggs will go from 69 cents to $1.87 a dozen because of a ballot question passed in Massachusetts that bans the sale of eggs from caged hens. He said the ban will prevent Maine producers from selling eggs in Massachusetts.

froze25's picture

They are freaking dumb birds, I own them, I know, they don't give a shit as long as you feed them and keep them clean. Mine are in a pen with a hen house in it. They eat, shit and lay eggs. It's actually really easy and cheap to get organic eggs at home this way, about 30-45 mins a week total time is all that is needed.

Lumberjack's picture

Bacon through the roof too because of farrowing crates. These are special crates sows stay in with newborn piglets until they are weaned. It help prevent the sow from crushing the piglets accidentally. It is NOT a cruel contraption.

kalboking's picture

they're not that dumb.  i have an egg eater. i put 20 fake eggs in and she pecks everyone to see which is real.

Giant Meteor's picture

A fine tradition, bacon and eggs. I always loved Arnold. Now that was one smart porker. Pigs love eggs .. and I love them both !

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) Jan 5, 2017 3:29 PM

"The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know."


--Elco the Constitutionalist

auricle's picture

JFK was an anomoly. Perhaps Trump will have the chance to be an anomoly and destroy much of the MIC. He needs to start with undoing the damage done by the FISA rubber stamp court that has been usurping the constitution since its inception. 

Nobody For President's picture

He could start a lot of places.

How about a short conversation with Clapper:

"You're Fired!"

fbazzrea's picture

President Trump will initiate a war crimes investigation all the way back to Shrub Jr. and 9/11.

Everyone from Rumsfeld to Kerry's actions are going under the magnifying glass.

Alex Jones with Dr. Steve Pieczenik... encouraging interview. Looks like the neocons are going down--finally.

fbazzrea's picture

but "everybody knows" isn't good enough. a public formal investigation in the tradition of the Nuremberg or Apartheid hearings is required. the world must witness the honor and integrity of the American Republic demands equal justice for all.

it will start with Clintons, GW, Rumsfeld, Obama, Kerry and go down the list. if criminal acts are revealed, there will be prosecutions. nowhere to run. nowhere to hide.

it must be done. 

Beans's picture

It would require a great deal of personal courage on his part, first and foremost, because they would without a doubt JFK him in a heartbeat if he did. He would also require the protection of some truly patriotic American security personnel. Men willing to die for their own kind, and not the Jews. (Hate to say it straight, but it's true)

11b40's picture

It all depends on how it goes down.  A common post here, and other places, is that a new president gets shown a film of the JFK assignation as a way of letting him know to be careful.  If that happened to a true Alpha, he would immediately have anyone associated with this act arrested by the Secret Service and charged with treason.  Step 2 would be to take to the tube and announce what just happened, and that a special task force was being assembled to investigate this to the end.  You can bet that those facing treason charges would sing like little songbirds to save their pansy asses when faced with the death penalty.  All of their communications would be analyzed, and everyone who had any possible connection would be paralyzed by fear and under the spotlight.  Who is going to organize a hit on a sitting President after he has told everyone he had been threatened, and who was responsible.  That would open the door to the Mother of all investigations and prosecutions.  The Trump supporters would go crazy, and the Military would be on their side.  

I am almost 70 years old, and with a lot of miles, interacting with people all around the world.  It seems to me that about 95% of people are passive creatures who essentially accept what is delivered to them.  They never think of saying "Who said so?", or "maybe you can't, but I can, or "I will if I want to.", or "you are welcome to try and stop me."  It is why Trump has so much magnetism.  Watching him is kind of like watching a Honey Badger.


fbazzrea's picture

he has his own private inner-circle security, in addition to the govt assigned ones.

he's got the courage to do it. he knows what's at stake and is a true patriot.

ReZn8r's picture

I pray that this will happen along with swift, quick and judicious punishments along the line of the Nuremberg War Crimes trials.

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

Saudis provided the financing and a few patsies.

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

I very much doubt it. If he does he won't live to see it through. The forces arrayed against him are too wide-ranging and powerful.

Boscovius's picture

So what does the average guy do to punish TPTB if and when they take down Trump?

fbazzrea's picture

keep doubtin' LL... but hide and watch.

Kayman's picture

After the CIA railroaded Kennedy into the "can't lose" Bay of Pigs fiasco. 

"to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know."

Dirty fingers all over "the Russkies" did it meme. 

Odd thing that our intelligence agencies only decided to ramp up "the Russkies" did it after their candidate, dirty HilLiary did a faceplant.

activepatriot's picture

Should have picked Assange

two hoots's picture

Can't believe he hasn't tapped McCain for Commander of the Universe or somp'n?   

TeethVillage88s's picture

Maybe Dan Coats is going to be the Hatchman.

Oversea forced Retirements and Reduction in Force (RIF) in the Intelligence Community. Trump wants to do a Reorganization of the Intelligence or at least the CIA.