[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 200 (Wednesday, December 19, 2018)] [Senate] [Page S7913] CONFIRMATION OF JOSEPH MAGUIRE Mr. WARNER. Mr. President, I wholeheartedly support the nomination of VADM Joseph Maguire to be the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, NCTC. Had I been able to cast my vote today, it would have been to support this exceptional-nominee. The Director of the NCTC is one of the most important positions in the intelligence community, especially at this critical juncture in our Nation's history. Admiral Maguire has a long and impressive record of achievement and of service to his country, and I applaud his willingness to once again return to public service after completing a Navy career that spanned 36 years, including as the commander of Naval Special Warfare Command. The National Counterterrorism Center is the U.S. intelligence community's premier organization for tracking and countering the continuing threat from terrorism. Our country still has men and women on the frontlines in the fight against extremist groups, and they must get it right each hour of every day to ensure the safety and security of their fellow Americans. As Admiral Maguire and I have discussed, our counterterrorism capabilities are greatly strengthened by our relationships with the allies and partners with whom we have fought shoulder-to-shoulder since September 11, 2001, in this struggle. This is why it is important for the United States to hold onto and strengthen our traditional alliances such as NATO-- and not to heedlessly undermine them. I am satisfied by the ironclad commitments Admiral Maguire gave to the Senate Intelligence Committee during his confirmation hearing to ensuring that the men and women serving under him will always be empowered to assess and analyze intelligence free from political interference. He has also committed to present these assessments to those in leadership positions free of any political considerations. In short, he has committed to ``speak truth to power,'' and I expect him to live up to these commitments. This is especially important at a time when we have sometimes seen those in power unjustifiably belittle and denigrate our Intelligence Community and law enforcement agencies. I trust that Admiral Maguire and those he leads at the NCTC will continue to selflessly work day and night--whether on the 24/7 watch floor or on the front lines, to protect the United States and our allies from the terrorist threat. I salute him for stepping up to this challenging task. ____________________ [Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 200 (Wednesday, December 19, 2018)] [Senate] [Page S7955] CONFIRMATION Executive nomination confirmed by the Senate December 19, 2018: OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE JOSEPH MAGUIRE, OF FLORIDA, TO BE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE.