Langevin Statement on President-Elect Biden Nominating Haines as Director of National Intelligence

Nov 24, 2020

November 23, 2020

WARWICK, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), chair of the House Armed Services Committee’s Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee and a member of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, released the following statement regarding President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s announcement that he intends to nominate former Deputy National Security Adviser Avril Haines to be Director of National Intelligence:

“President-elect Biden promised to break with President Trump’s politicization of the intelligence community, and his pick of Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence is an excellent first step. President Trump has regularly ignored and degraded the intelligence professionals who put their lives on the line to keep us safe, and I do not envy the task Haines will have in rebuilding trust in our political leadership. However, from the first time she briefed me on the Intelligence Committee while serving as Deputy Director of the CIA, I have been impressed by Ms. Haines’s candor, insight, and deep policy knowledge, and I know she will do a terrific job as the first woman to lead the intelligence community. People often say that ‘personnel is policy,’ and President-elect Biden is making clear that he will bring a thoughtful, sober approach to the intelligence collection and analysis so important to our national security. I commend him for his selection of Avril Haines, I offer her my heartfelt congratulations for this well-deserved honor, and I look forward to working with both of them to combat the array of threats facing our nation.”