January 24, 2021

Biden picks Avril Haines as director of national intelligence

Joe Biden has selected Avril Haines, who held top national security jobs under President Barack Obama, to become director of national intelligence in his administration.

Having served Obama as a national security lawyer and deputy CIA director, Haines, 51, has been playing a key national security role in the Biden transition. She will become the first woman in the DNI job, which was created after the 9-11 attacks to better coordinate the sprawling American intelligence bureaucracy.

Among other things, the DNI oversees the presidential intelligence briefing process. But the DNI does not run covert operations ordered by the president — the CIA director retains that power.

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