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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Resigns

Director Of National Intelligence James Clapper Speaks At The Council On Foreign Relations In New York City
Drew Angerer—Getty Images James Clapper, U.S. Director of National Intelligence, pauses while speaking at the Council of Foreign Relations, October 25, 2016 in New York City. His discussion with moderator Charlie Rose focused on the lessons he's learned after serving as Director of National Intelligence for six years and the intelligence challenges the next U.S. president will face. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

He's long planned to resign at the end of President Obama's term

(WASHINGTON) — The director of national intelligence says he’s formally submitted his resignation.

James Clapper has long said he planned to retire at the end of the Obama administration, and he told the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday that he submitted his letter of resignation on Wednesday evening.

Committee members jokingly asked him to stay on for perhaps four more years. Clapper says his wife probably would have a problem with that.

Clapper has held the job since August 2010. He was previously a lieutenant general in the Air Force and director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

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