Former intelligence chief Coats rejoins law firm

Former intelligence chief Coats rejoins law firm
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Former Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsWe weren't ready for a pandemic — imagine a crippling cyberattack GOP presses for swift Ratcliffe confirmation to intel post Experts report recent increase in Chinese group's cyberattacks MORE has rejoined the law and lobbying firm King & Spalding, the company announced Tuesday.

Coats, 76, will be a senior policy adviser in the firm’s national security team and based in Washington. He will advise clients about how the national security landscape implicates their businesses, emerging tools and processes employed by the U.S. and other governments to mitigate national security threats and the congressional process.

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He was the intelligence chief for President TrumpDonald John TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' MORE’s administration from March 2017 to August 2019.

Coats, a Republican, was counsel and senior policy adviser at King & Spalding from 2005 to 2010 following his first stint in the Senate. He was also U.S. ambassador to Germany from 2001 to 2005.

He left the firm to represent Indiana in the Senate again before retiring in 2017. He served on the Senate Intelligence Committee. 

“As a former Senator, diplomat and the point person on national intelligence, Dan has insight and relationships throughout the executive branch and on the Hill that will make a critical difference for our clients,” Wick Sollers, head of the firm’s government matters practice group, said in a press release.

“We consider it an honor that former senior officials like Dan return to King & Spalding when they choose to reenter private practice.”

Coats also served as a congressman from Indiana from 1981 to 1989.