By a narrow 49-44 vote along party lines, the U.S. Senate confirmed Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) as Director of National Intelligence on Thursday afternoon.
Ratcliffe will take over for Richard Grenell, who has served as acting DNI chief since February. Grenell recently declassified a list of names of top Obama administration officials who asked for former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to be unmasked.
The DNI chief oversees 16 different U.S. security agencies. Ratcliffe pledged to be unbiased in his position and to look into China and the origins of the coronavirus outbreak.
The vote took place under the leadership of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on the Intelligence Committee after the departure of Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) from the position.
Ratcliffe will be the first confirmed DNI chief since August 2019 when Dan Coats resigned.
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