Ex-Sen. Dan Coats leading contender to for top intel position: report

Ex-Sen. Dan Coats leading contender to for top intel position: report

Former Sen. Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsNational counterterrorism chief to retire at the end of year Former intel chief Hayden: Think twice on a Trump job offer Counterintelligence needs reboot for 21st century MORE (R-Ind.) is President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump Right way and wrong way Five things to know about the elephant trophies controversy MORE's top choice to be director of national intelligence, NBC News reported Wednesday.

Trump met with Coats in November at Trump Tower, fueling reports at the time that he was a leading contender for the position.

“I was invited here just to sit down and discuss a number of issues that the president would be facing and I gave him some of my years of experience in terms of what I thought they would be dealing with and made some suggestions," Coats told reporters at the time.

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Coats, who did not seek reelection in November, was a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The director of national intelligence oversees the sixteen agencies within the intelligence community.