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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 CoatsExperts see 'unprecedented' increase in hackers targeting electric grid Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump Lack of cyber funds in Biden infrastructure plan raises eyebrows MORE (R-Ind.) is President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? 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.