Director of US National Intelligence James Clapper resigns

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper submitted his resignation after more than 50 years of serving the US. The resignation comes as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to appoint his own team of national security officials.
Clapper Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Director of American National Intelligence James Clapper submitted his resignation today (Thursday). "I submitted my letter of resignation last night, which felt pretty good,” he said after more than 50 years of working for US intelligence.

Throughout interviews in the past year, Clapper stated that he is counting the days until his retirement, which he planned to take at the end of US President Barack Obama’s tenure. However, he said he will remain in his position until Trump officially enters office.

Clapper’s resignation comes at a time when Trump is formulating new national security policies. Other senior level officials are also expected to submit their letter of resignation in the near future.

75-year-old Clapper assumed office as Director of National Intelligence in 2010. Prior to that, he served as a lieutenant general in the US Air Force as well as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. “You have always exhibited sober judgment and put the fate of the nation first,” stated California Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

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