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Coats on Short List for Director of National Intelligence

In consideration along with Fran Townsend and Admiral Michael Rogers

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, is retiring at the beginning of 2017 . (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, is retiring at the beginning of 2017 . (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Outgoing Indiana Sen. Dan Coats is being considered for the position of Director of National Intelligence in a Trump administration, according to reports.

Coats met with President Elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, though he said he did not talk with him about a cabinet position but about the deal Trump struck with Carrier to stay in Indiana.

Coats serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Other potential choices that have been floated are National Security Agency Director and U.S. Navy Adm. Michael Rogers and Fran Townsend, who served as a homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush, Bloomberg reported, citing a top transition official.

Coats is being replaced in the Senate by Republican Rep. Todd Young.

— John T. Bennett contributed to this report.

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