Director Of National Intelligence James Clapper Resigns

AP

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

“I submitted my letter of resignation last night, which felt pretty good,” Clapper told the House Intelligence Committee during a hearing Thursday morning. “I got 64 days left and I think I’d have a hard time with my wife if anything past that.”

Clapper’s career in the military and various intelligence agencies spanned 50 years, and he has said he was counting the days until stepping down at the end of President Obama’s second term, according to NBC News. He assumed his current office in August 2010.

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