District of Columbia — President Donald Trump confirmed swirling media reports on Sunday that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will be resigning his position, which is effective August 15th. The President also confirmed that Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe be nominated in his place. The President sent out the confirmation via Twitter, “I am pleased to announce that highly respected Congressman John Ratcliffe of Texas will be nominated by me to be the Director of National Intelligence. A former U.S. Attorney, John will lead and inspire greatness for the Country he loves. Dan Coats, the current Director, will be leaving office on August 15th. I would like to thank Dan for his great service to our Country. The Acting Director will be named shortly.”
The departure marks yet another turnover within the Trump Administration, who have witnessed a historical number of positional firings and resignations of high level positions. Director Coats had several public clashes with the President during his tenure, including when intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 Presidential Election and the President’s White House invite to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
During the George W. Bush Administration, Representative Ratcliffe served as Chief of Anti-Terrorism and National Security for the Eastern District of Texas within the Justice Department and was the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas as well. During the 2012 Presidential Election cycle, he was an aide for Mitt Romney’s transition team regarding government appointments. He is also a vocal supporter of the President’s travel ban and a critic of the Mueller Investigation.