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Ex-Senator Leads Trump’s Picks for Intelligence Post

  • Dan Coats is Director of National Intelligence front-runner
  • Townsend, Rogers, Bolton said to remain in consideration
Dan Coats.

Dan Coats.

Photographer: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pool via Bloomberg
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Former Indiana Senator Dan Coats is the front-runner to become Donald Trump’s director of national intelligence, according to two people familiar with the decision, a move that would put him in the position of defending the agencies whose conclusions on Russian hacking have been openly questioned by the president-elect.

According to the people, who requested anonymity because a final decision hasn’t been made, Trump is also considering Fran Townsend, President George W. Bush’s former homeland security adviser; Admiral Mike Rogers, the current director of the National Security Agency; and former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton.