James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence resigned with a speech to reassure Americans on Wednesday night. “I know a lot of people have been feeling uncertain about what will happen with this Presidential transition,” Clapper said. “There has been a lot of catastrophizing, if I can use that term, in the 24 hour news cycle and social media. So, I’m here with a message: It will be okay.”
In past interviews, Clapper stated that he was counting down the days to stepping down at the end of Obama’s final term. With Obama’s departure from the white house and Clapper’s resignation in sight, the Trump administration has been struggling to organize a cabinet to deploy to office.
Clapper’s job was to oversee 17 intelligence agencies, some which consisted of the National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency. He was appointed by Obama and accepted by the Senate in 2010.
During a 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 responded “no” and “not wittingly.”