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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Resigns

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NBCNEWS.COM - 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 officer 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."

Clapper's tenure in office was marked by high profile showdowns over the government's desire to protect its Americans and citizens' civil liberties.

In a 2013 interview with Andrea Mitchell, Clapper said he gave the "least untruthful" response to a complicated question when it came to his tense March 2013 exchange with Democratic Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden over whether the NSA gathers "any type of data at all on millions of Americans."

Clapper, during that exchange, responded "No," and "not wittingly."

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