Burns was supported by all the Democrats and Republicans on the committee.
Senators on the Intelligence Committee unanimously supported the candidacy of professional diplomat William Burns for the post of director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). This was announced on Tuesday by Democratic Senator Mark Warner, who heads the Intelligence Committee.
“The overwhelming support from both parties for Burns demonstrates the unquestionable qualifications of a candidate with extensive national security experience and a commendable commitment to serving the public interest,”Senator Warner said in a statement.
The head of the Intelligence Committee expressed hope that the full Senate “without any unnecessary delay will confirm Ambassador William Burns” to the post of director of the CIA.
At a Senate hearing discussing his candidacy, Burns stressed that he sees the key to US national security, first of all, in countering the “hostile and predatory” influence of China.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Burns said that if he were running the university, he would recommend closing the Confucius Institute, a Beijing – funded Chinese cultural center set up on the campuses of American colleges and universities. Many congressmen consider the Confucius Institute a tool of Chinese propaganda.
Burns added that the well-being of the United States continues to be threatened by Russia, North Korea, and Iran. According to him, climate change, global health problems, and cyber threats pose serious national security risks.
Burns and other intelligence community leaders, backed by the Biden administration, are expected to address Russia-related issues, including the investigation of recent hacking attacks on government and private Internet networks in the United States.
An administration official confirmed that Avril Haines, the director of National Intelligence, whose nomination was confirmed by the Senate in January, will analyze the role of the Russian leadership in the cyberattack on SolarWinds, as well as investigate reports that Russian representatives allegedly offered the Taliban rewards for assassinations of American service members and their allies in Afghanistan.