Trump called John Ratcliffe a "brilliant" man amid concerns that the Texas Republican is unqualified and would put Trump's interests over the nation's.
GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe gets a big thumbs down from Senate Intelligence Committee member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
The president plans to nominate Texas GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe to replace Coats as intelligence director.
"Highly sensitive classified information ... if publicly released would put our national security at risk,” Coats said in a statement.
Coats issued a statement to control the damage from his "admittedly awkward response" to Trump's announcement.
The director of national intelligence learned the president invited Putin to the White House during a Q&A discussion at the Aspen Security Forum.
Coats had publicly rebuked Trump earlier this week for dismissing U.S. intelligence reports on Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said the opposite as recently as last week.
Dan Coats says the danger signs are as serious as warnings before 9/11.
Dan Coats made his comments while President Donald Trump stumped for Russia's readmittance to the G-7.
During his confirmation hearing, Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo claims he cannot recall whether President Trump pressured him to interfere in the Russia investigation.
"It is exactly the same argument," says Barney Frank. "There have been zero negative consequences."
Privacy advocates have criticized the law for allowing the incidental collection of data belonging to millions of Americans without a search warrant.
And they say finding out would jeopardize national security.
"I'm not prepared to answer your question today," Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told Sen. Marco Rubio.