Joe Biden nominates David Cohen as deputy director of CIA

by Jenny Mount · Jan 15th, 2021 3:52 pm

Last Updated Jan 16th, 2021 at 4:28 pm

President-elect Joe Biden announced on Friday that he is nominating David Cohen as deputy director of the CIA. Cohen also held the position during the Obama administration and was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.

Cohen, a national security, finance, and legal expert, is expected to be the second-highest ranking official in the CIA if he is confirmed. Biden already announced his choice for CIA director as William Burns, a 33-year veteran of the Foreign Service.

During his time as deputy director, Cohen helped manage the CIA's domestic and worldwide operations and oversaw strategic modernization.

Cohen also served as under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence in the Treasury Department. During that time, he supervised the Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.


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