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Intel Director Clapper Resigns

Director of National Intelligence will remain until Trump's inauguration
By Daniel Kay,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2016 11:21 AM CST
Intel Director Clapper Resigns
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2016 file photo, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. Clapper has resigned as DNI director.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has tendered his resignation, NBC News reports. The 75-year-old Clapper has been planning to step down for a while, and he said finally handing in his letter "felt pretty good." The BBC reports the intelligence chief told House officials that "I've got 64 days left," indicating that he would stay on until Donald Trump's inauguration. Clapper oversees 17 different federal agencies, including the CIA, NSA, FBI, and DEA; he got the job in August 2010, the Chicago Tribune notes, and has had a contentious tenure that was largely defined by the high-profile drama surrounding Edward Snowden and the revelation of large-scale NSA surveillance programs (More NSA stories.)

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