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Biden to Nominate William Burns, Who Helped Negotiate Iran Nuclear Deal, as CIA Chief

HeadlineJan 11, 2021

In Cabinet news, Joe Biden will nominate former career diplomat William Burns to head the CIA. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and served in the U.S. Foreign Service for over three decades. During President Obama’s administration, he was involved with talks that led to the landmark Iran nuclear deal, from which Trump later unilaterally withdrew. In an essay last year, Burns wrote about Trump and the elections, “If he loses, I doubt that he will suddenly embrace the traditional bipartisan commitment to effective transitions. … [A]t worst, he’ll seek to contest or undermine the result.”

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