Dan Coats

Dan Coats says acting intelligence chief Maguire "caught in a squeeze"

Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats
Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said at a Q&A in Indiana that he never saw the whistleblower complaint that alleges President Trump abused his power to solicit election interference from Ukraine, reports the Indianapolis Star.

"Nothing came to me. I left on Aug. 15.... The very next day that was presented to Joe. I feel so bad for Joe. He is caught in a squeeze here and the lawyers are divided. So they are trying to work all that out."

Trump names Joseph Maguire acting director of national intelligence

In this image, Trump stands outside in a suit and tie and faces reporters.
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Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon will leave her position on Aug. 15 along with outgoing director Dan Coats, President Trump confirmed in a tweet Thursday evening.

The latest: Trump announced on Thursday that National Counterterrorism Center Director Joseph Maguire will serve as the next acting DNI director starting Aug. 15.