Washington: James Clapper, the head of the US intelligence community, said he submitted his letter of resignation on Wednesday.

Clapper, a former lieutenant general who was sworn in as director of national intelligence in August 2010, will end his tenure in January, when President-elect Donald Trump takes office, he told a public hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday. It is typical for top officials to submit their resignations when a new administration is preparing to take office.

The 75-year-old Clapper has overseen the US government’s intelligence agencies during a tumultuous period that included the rise of Islamic State, a string of terrorist attacks in Europe and the US and growing concerns about the balance between privacy rights and the ability of law enforcement to access encrypted communications.

“You have always exhibited sober judgment and put the fate of the nation first," California Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told Clapper at the hearing. “I hope that as you look back on your career, you are proud of the work you’ve done. We are all certainly very grateful." Bloomberg

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