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Report: Pete Hoekstra Emerges as Top Contender for Director of National Intelligence

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Jeff Brody
Pete Hoekstra

Pete Hoekstra, the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, has emerged as the top candidate for the director of national intelligence position, The Hill reported Sunday. President Trump commended Hoekstra’s work in the Netherlands and his plans to collaborate with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and other panel members to find a successor to the retiring DNI and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Dan Coats. 

Hoekstra is a former Republican congressman from Michigan who served as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Trump selected Joseph Maguire, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, to serve as acting DNI starting Aug. 15.