President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly considering Maine Sen. Angus King to serve as his director of national intelligence.
King is one of two independents serving in the Senate, alongside Bernie Sanders of Vermont. He serves on the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committee and has been an outspoken critic of what he deems as the politicization of President Trump’s handling of the intelligence community by appointing loyalists.
“Senator King is a committed public servant with an abiding, independent Maine spirit and a deep knowledge of the intelligence community,” King’s Communications Director Matthew Felling said in a statement to Politico.
Felling added that King “has a long track record of advocating for a clear-eyed, fact-based IC, which operates free of political influence in order to best serve America’s national security interests.”
A representative for King confirmed that he is under consideration by the Biden transition team to the Portland Press Herald on Friday evening.
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