The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Director of National Intelligence-nominee Avril Haines at 10am ET on Jan. 19, 2021.
Avril Haines is a former CIA deputy director and former deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration.
Haines would become the first woman to serve as director of national intelligence, a position created in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to improve coordination and information-sharing among the CIA, the National Security Agency, the FBI and other intelligence agencies.
Haines would assume the job after an extraordinary period of tension between President Trump and the intelligence community, which he has long portrayed as a den of conspirators who tried to undermine his administration. Trump also has sought to declassify information about the probe into Russian election interference in 2016 and potential links to his campaign, disclosures that some intelligence officials say jeopardized sources.
Haines was the first senior intelligence official Biden announced, a signal that he intends for the DNI to play a leading role in his administration. Intelligence officials have long said the DNI should act as a conductor of the intelligence agencies, but former directors have had limited success getting all the agencies to play from the same sheet of music.