Ex-CIA deputy under Obama now top contender for Biden pick to lead agency

The former CIA deputy director under the Obama administration has emerged as President-elect Joe Biden’s top choice to lead the agency.

The New York Times confirmed David Cohen, 57, is at the forefront of being Biden’s pick. No announcement is expected until at least next week. Biden’s choice will rely partly on the mix of people he wants to lead the Pentagon and other agencies, including the Department of Justice and Department of Defense, which have not yet been appointed nominees.

Top aides for Biden said the former vice president was fond of Cohen. Avril Haines, the nominee to serve as director of national intelligence, was also reportedly
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