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Last Thursday, I had the honor of swearing in Michael K. Atkinson as Inspector General of the Intelligence Community after the Senate confirmed his nomination last Monday. Michael is the second official to hold this position since its creation in 2010.

I am delighted my former Senate colleagues voted this afternoon to confirm the nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA Director.  Gina has clearly demonstrated that she is a person of high integrity with valuable frontline and executive experience as a career intelligence officer.  Her confirmation represents the best we have to offer as a country.  On behalf of the Intelligence Community, we salute Director Haspel, a trailblazer who today becomes the first woman to lead the CIA.

Chairman Burr, Vice Chairman Warner, and Members of the Committee.

It’s an honor to appear before you today as you consider my nomination to be the first Senate confirmed Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC). I am grateful that the Congress has considered the position I currently hold to be sufficiently important to require Senate confirmation—an acknowledgment of the significant, and growing, challenges being addressed by NCSC to enhance our nation’s security.

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