Avril Haines Will become 1st Female Director of Countrywide Intelligence

WASHINGTON—The Senate verified President Biden’s decide on to guide the sprawling U.S. intelligence community Wednesday, delivering the recently inaugurated president his initial Senate-confirmed cabinet secretary.

Avril Haines

is the initially female to turn into director of countrywide intelligence, a occupation that oversees 18 intelligence agencies and models, such as the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Stability Company, which hire hundreds of thousands of federal staff and contractors.

The Senate voted 84-10 to validate Ms. Haines, with only Republicans opposing her nomination.

Mr. Biden’s aides have reported it is essential for the new president to have his nationwide protection staff in spot as soon as achievable to address pressing threats ranging from domestic extremist violence of the variety that was on display screen in the course of the storming of the U.S. Capitol two weeks in the past to a suspected Russian hack of huge swaths of the federal authorities. The Senate is anticipated to act in the coming days on some of Mr. Biden’s other nominees.

“This placement is of this sort of crucial significance to the state that is only appropriate that it will be the very first nomination of the new Biden administration to be verified by the Senate,” reported Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the incoming Democratic chief of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Mr. Biden announced his collection of Ms. Haines in November, and final week nominated

William J. Burns,

a previous job diplomat, to operate the CIA.

Ms. Haines, 51 several years outdated, is a previous deputy CIA director and deputy countrywide safety adviser less than President

Barack Obama

whose resume consists of judo techniques, a private pilot’s license and preceding ownership of an unbiased bookstore in Baltimore.

Her confirmation came a working day right after a mainly nonconfrontational listening to in which Republicans and Democrats lifted no objections to her confirmation. She fully commited to trying to keep politics out of intelligence operate when vowing to broaden efforts to deal with foreign interference functions from the U.S.

Ms. Haines was also careful about growing the intelligence community’s function in countering threats from domestic extremism, declaring the primary accountability need to stay with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Division of Homeland Protection, but dedicated to working with people companies on delivering a public created assessment of the danger posed by the conspiracy team QAnon.

Breaking from the Trump administration’s new practice, Ms. Haines mentioned at the hearing she would show up each year prior to the panel for a hearing on planet-wide threats. She also promised to launch, as expected by legislation, an unclassified report naming people accountable for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate. Previous President Trump declined to release the document.

In addition to grappling with China’s regional aggression, Russia’s efforts to destabilize the West and Iran’s resurgent nuclear ambitions, together with extensive-time period threats this kind of as world pandemics and climate improve, Ms. Haines will be confronting a decline in morale among intelligence industry experts, present and previous officers said.

The 10 Republicans who voted in opposition to Ms. Haines have been Sens.

Ted Cruz

of Texas,

Josh Hawley

of Missouri,

Joni Ernst

of Iowa,

Mike Lee

of Utah,

Roger Marshall

of Kansas,

Marsha Blackburn


Bill Hagerty

of Tennessee,

Rand Paul

of Kentucky,

James Risch

of Idaho, and

Mike Braun

of Indiana.

In the very first news meeting of the Biden administration, White Household push secretary Jen Psaki took issues on President Biden’s efforts to combat misinformation and function with Congress on a Covid-19 aid monthly bill, and his stance on Donald Trump’s impeachment.Picture: Stefani Reynolds/Press Pool

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Appeared in the January 21, 2021, print edition as ‘Senate Confirms Haines as Main Of Intelligence.’