President Donald Trump announced Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Tx., will be nominated to replace Dan Coats as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). The changeover comes as the investigation into wrongdoing at the genesis of the Russia probe heats up.
“I am pleased to announce that highly respected Congressman John Ratcliffe of Texas will be nominated by me to be the Director of National Intelligence,” President Trump tweeted.
“A former U.S. Attorney, John will lead and inspire greatness for the Country he loves. Dan Coats, the current Director, will be leaving office on August 15th. I would like to thank Dan for his great service to our Country. The Acting Director will be named shortly.”
The shakeup comes as Mr. Coats and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) have refused to cooperate with investigations in to the origins of and potential wrongdoings in the Russia probe.
In May, Attorney General William Barr assigned U.S. Attorney John H. Durham in Connecticut to conduct a thorough investigation.