The CIA director position is not expected to be a formal member of Biden's Cabinet, which represents a change from the Trump administration, but a return to the status it had in the Obama administration. William J. Burns, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to be CIA director, is pictured at a news conference on July 11, 2013, in Washington, D.C. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Burns also has a long history at the center of Middle East peace negotiations and worked closely in the Obama administration on the Iran nuclear deal. Before that he served as ambassador to Russia. "Bill Burns is an exemplary diplomat with decades of experience on the world stage keeping our people and our country safe and secure," Biden said. (CNN) A key Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee is warning President-elect Joe Biden that he should avoid nominating a top contender for the job of CIA director, Mike Morell, … We have to do better. He has limited experience with China, but otherwise has a extensive portfolio of work in key regions around the globe. He testified at a House hearing in 2012 after then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was unable to because of a concussion. President-elect Joe Biden will nominate longtime diplomat William Burns to serve as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the transition committee said in a news release. “The … President-elect Joe Biden has named William Burns as his CIA director, choosing a career diplomat to run the notoriously insular and parochial spy agency.. Burns spent 33 … Burns is a … President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday he will nominate William Burns, a career diplomat who has worked under five presidents from both … The New York Times reported no final decision has been made and one is not expected to be announced until at least next week. (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden on Monday will nominate William Burns as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, CNN has learned, tapping a respected veteran American diplomat who has served in posts around the world from the Reagan to the Obama administrations. President-elect Joe Biden announced Ambassador William Burns as his nominee for director of the CIA on Monday. He also served under five American presidents, both Democrats and Republicans, and 10 secretaries of state in a variety of posts, including as ambassador to Jordan in the Clinton administration and to Russia under George W. Bush. Biden was drawn to Burns because of his diplomatic experience and his perceived ability to restore credibility to the intelligence agency in the post-Trump era, people familiar with the matter said, along with his expertise on Russia. President-elect Joe Biden has chosen veteran diplomat William Burns to be his CIA director. President-elect Joe Biden on Friday will announce his plan to appoint David Cohen to be CIA deputy director, according to a transition official. Biden Taps Career Diplomat William Burns as CIA Director The final big name for Biden’s national security team signals a break with the CIA’s dark … "The appointment of Burns would send an important signal about the revival of public service, which has been demeaned for the past four years, and for the importance of the entire intelligence community, not simply the CIA," Melvin Goodman, who served as a CIA analyst for three decades, wrote in a, "Much of CIA's difficulty over the past 40 years can be attributed to mediocre leadership. If confirmed, Burns would become the first leader in the CIA's history whose lifelong experience comes from the State Department. During his first stint as deputy CIA director, Cohen helped oversee the intelligence agency's strategic modernization and led foreign intelligence collection. He warned of the dangerous consequences of President Donald Trump not accepting election defeat in a prescient, "If he loses, I doubt that he will suddenly embrace the traditional bipartisan commitment to effective transitions. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, a member of the Intelligence Committee, had criticized Morell as a "torture apologist" for his previous suggestions that "enhanced interrogation" of terrorists was effective and moral. In forming his administration, Biden has tapped many former Obama-era officials with whom he has worked closely or who have years of experience in government. By The Associated Press Updated January 11, 2021 5:28 PM WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday he has chosen veteran diplomat William Burns to … The position does not require Senate confirmation. If confirmed, Burns would be the first leader of the CIA who had a lifelong career at the State Department. 2 at the CIA from 2015 to 2017 in the Obama administration. 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