National Intelligence Director Submits Resignation

In this photo taken Feb. 9, 2016, Director of the National Intelligence James Clapper speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Intelligence agencies are considering eliminating the government’s lowest category of classified information _ a step a top official has said could simplify the system used to guard intelligence and could prevent unnecessary secrecy. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Director of the National Intelligence Agency James Clapper. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The director of U.S. 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.

Clapper, 75, has held the job since August 2010. His service in government spans six decades, beginning in the 1960s as a U.S. Air Force officer.

Clapper “always exhibited sober judgment and put the fate of the nation first,” said Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.