Officials say top US intelligence official to resign

Dan Coats

Democrats have "overplayed their hand" with Robert Mueller and will pay a heavy political price when the bill comes due, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, said Sunday, hours before President Trump chose him to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence (DNI).

An acting director is expected to be named soon as the transition moves forward.

In July 2018, while speaking at a national security conference in Aspen, Colo., the intelligence chief infuriated White House officials when he said that if the president had asked his advice, he would have told him not to meet privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin at their summit in Helsinki.

Mr Coats and Mr Trump have often been at odds over Russian Federation and North Korea. The frayed relationship reflected broader divisions between the president and the government's intelligence agencies.

Ratcliffe, a member of the House of Representatives intelligence and judiciary committees, defended Trump during former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony on Wednesday about his two-year investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible obstruction of justice.

Mr Coats had been among the last of the seasoned foreign policy hands brought in to surround the President after his 2016 election victory, of whom the President steadily grew exhausted, officials said. That roster included Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and later national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

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Coats, who is a former Republican representative and IN senator, has been director of national intelligence since the start of the Trump presidency IN 2017.

His departure had been rumored for months, and intelligence officials had been expecting him to leave before the 2020 presidential campaign season reached its peak.

In January, Coats, a former senator and USA ambassador to Germany, told Congress that North Korea was unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons, contradicting Trump's statement that Pyongyang no longer poses a threat. The intelligence officials were "passive and naive", he said in a tweet.

The next day, Trump on Twitter complained about the "passive and naive" USA intelligence leaders, suggesting they "go back to school!"

Ratcliffe has served in Congress since 2015.

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