President Trump told reporters he is considering staunch ally Rep. Doug Collins to serve as director of national intelligence.
Collins is currently in the midst of a Senate bid where the incumbent Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) is also a Trump ally, making for an awkward intra-party fight.
If Collins were to move into the key role of director of national intelligence it would free Loeffler from having to compete with him to keep her Senate seat
The Hill reports President Trump on Thursday said he is considering Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) to serve as director of national intelligence.
Trump told reporters aboard Air Force Once while traveling to Nevada from a Colorado campaign rally that Collins is among the candidates in the running to be nominated to fill the position that has not had a permanent occupant since Dan Coats resigned last August.
The president on Wednesday named Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as the acting intelligence chief, replacing Joseph Maguire, who also served in an acting capacity since Coats’ departure. The director oversees the nation’s intelligence agencies.
Trump’s eventual nominee to serve as director of national intelligence would require Senate confirmation.
Collins has emerged as one of the president’s staunchest allies in the House. As head of the House Judiciary Committee, Collins staunchly defended Trump throughout the impeachment trial and was among the lawmakers who served as a messaging apparatus for his defense team during the Senate trial.
The congressman has launched a Senate campaign to run against Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) in what has already become a bitter intra-party fight. Should Trump pick Collins to serve as director of national intelligence, he would likely abandon his Senate bid to serve in the president’s cabinet.
Collins previously worked as a lawyer and served in the military prior to running for public office.