Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Resigns

NBC News

© AFP | Director of National Intelligence James Clapper speaks at the 2016 Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington, DC, September 7, 2016

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper submitted his resignation Wednesday evening.

Clapper has said in interviews with NBC News over the last year that he was counting down the days to stepping down at the end of President Obama’s final term in office. He started as a young intelligence office reporting to his father in Vietnam.

More than 50 years of service, he has said in interviews, is more than enough.

His resignation comes as the Trump administration mulls its direction on national security matters.

Clapper, in testimony to the House Select Intelligence Committee, said submitting the resignation ” felt pretty good.”

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