Doug Collins not interested in national intelligence role despite Trump interest

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsSabato's Crystal Ball shifts Iowa Senate race to 'toss-up,' Georgia toward GOP Loeffler knocks WNBA players for wearing shirts backing Democratic challenger WNBA players wear 'Vote Warnock' shirts in support of Loeffler Democratic challenger MORE (R-Ga.) on Friday said that he's not interested in a job as director of national intelligence, despite President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE floating the idea the previous day.

"This is not a job that interests me; at this time it's not one that I would accept because I'm running a Senate race down here in Georgia," Collins told Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo on "Mornings with Maria." "I'm sure the president will pick somebody appropriate for that job."

Trump floated the idea of nominating Collins to reporters on Air Force One on Thursday night. 

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The president on Wednesday named U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as the acting intelligence chief, replacing Joseph Maguire, who also served in an acting capacity since Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsTrump flails as audience dwindles and ratings plummet America's divide widens: Ignore it no longer Trump gives Grenell his Cabinet chair after he steps down MORE's departure. The director oversees the nation's intelligence agencies.

A permanent director would need to be confirmed by the Senate.

Collins is challenging Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerThe Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  Sabato's Crystal Ball shifts Iowa Senate race to 'toss-up,' Georgia toward GOP Loeffler knocks WNBA players for wearing shirts backing Democratic challenger MORE (R-Ga.) for her seat in a special election in Georgia. His announcement set off a controversy within the Republican Party and raised questions about Trump's support.

Collins has been one of Trump's staunchest allies and played a key role in defending the president during the House’s impeachment inquiry as the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.