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This is a Fox News alert we now just now have a statement from outgoing.
National intelligence director Dennis Blair it reads in part.
It is with deep regret that I informed the president today that I -- stepped down as Director of National Intelligence effective Friday may 28.
I've had no greater honor or pleasure than to lead the remarkably talented and patriotic men and women.
Of the intelligence community he goes on to the in the statement to call them true heroes.
This announcement that he is going to resign came today and they came after many appearances on Capitol Hill.
Where Blair was very blocked.
The level of the political dimension of what to me ought to be a national security issue -- has been quite.
Quite -- I don't think it's been very particularly good that'll tell you from the inside and in terms of -- trying to get the right job done but the two protect.
The United States.
-- -- -- for the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee had this statement late this afternoon -- Blair's resignation is the result.
Of the Obama administration's -- politicization of the national security.
An outright disregard for congressional intelligence oversight Blair's resignation is disturbing an unfortunate the concerns I have.
I'll come from how the Obama administration conducts national security not over the Director of National Intelligence who day never allowed to do it.
Let's bring in our -- Bill Kristol editor of the weekly standard Mara Liasson national political correspondent of national public radio and syndicated columnist Charles -- Big news -- terms within.
And I think one of the reasons that he was let go was what we saw in the video that you -- showed.
I give the background on merit remember what number do -- -- was captured in Detroit for trying to blow up the airplane he was questioned for less than an -- -- think he got his Miranda rights.
And he said nothing for over a month after that the -- -- -- started talking.
At that point the administration began leaking a lot of the information as a way to undo the political -- -- taken a lot of attacks in that month when he wasn't saying anything for actually Miranda -- him.
And losing potentially important information about the terrorist he was with in Yemen.
So once he started talking -- were all kinds of stories about his connections.
With the -- etc.
what you heard Blair talking about.
-- -- -- he was by all those leaks because if you -- in intelligence.
And you're getting all this information you don't want it.
To be publicized in the way that I enemies in Yemen -- -- hear about it and take measures.
-- of running away or whatever so that this was a fairly.
Strong attack on the White House for using intelligence.
As a way to 22 tart up its political position which had been damaged.
By the -- -- issue and to actually jeopardize American national security.
You know he said it didn't fractured syntax it was a very strong message and I think it really hurt his standing inside of the last -- -- president.
Would be offended and would want to fire him.
-- it also comes after the series of attempts and one attack.
Puzzled she is not the time square bomber -- we'll tell of the Christmas Day bomber.
Nidal -- the Fort Hood shooter.
A string of these and just this week the Senate Intelligence Committee coming out with a report on the Christmas Day bomber and it was pretty scared.
I think that that's more the reason and that he over time.
Had lost the president's confidence in him.
And much more and send him speaking out of turn or somehow making your criticism of the a of the Obama administration I actually thought the chairman -- risk.
State it was a really really.
I don't know if I'd say over the top but it was really quite something to -- to attack the Obama administration's national security and -- somehow.
That that that Blair was the only thing.
-- that was right about it I don't remember the and the Republicans being great champions of of Dennis Blair before this.
But I do think it's an effort by the president to correct some problems.
I think that's a good thing.
He wants the national security apparatus to work better and to head off some of these attacks rather than merely.
Respond to them afterwards.
It's more effort by the president to get rid of someone who wasn't entirely part of this tight little -- has running everything which is John Brennan and administered councilor Eric Holder.
His attorney general intelligence professionals have been.
Cut out Leon Panetta -- the CIA is not heaven knows is suspending an awful lot of time in Monterey California and is not in them.
Close this loop -- -- -- his intelligence matters that happens and Dennis Blair and Dennis Blair really was thrown out the statement is amazing you read the first couple of paragraphs.
It's my paragraphs long.
It's as -- regret my my resignation.
He's not a heroes straight should be its intelligence community not a word of thanks to President Obama I've I've actually I was never seen this in twenty.
Five years of Reading the direction we're refute these kinds of statements -- White House you know I with the resignation statement of the gracious acceptance of the resignation statement I've never seen.
Except when -- when President Reagan fired Don Regan and 87 and -- -- -- sentenced.
The -- and left -- -- walked out to deport.
That does not say I appreciate the opportunity present Obama has given me to serve the country I have the highest regard for -- duration there's no word about -- more about the administration about President Obama.
Not one word word Obama is not in the state and I informed the president that I'm leaving I have great.
The high regard in -- not a word about.
These -- the power Tonto holder his colleagues at that level.
He there's a war thing going on beneath the surface between the intelligence professionals.
On the one hand and the White House the Justice Department on the other and that's what this fire is about.
Yeah and all -- leaking of information.
About the the intelligence about DM and was coming out of the White House and was the intelligence.
Community that was extremely upset about that.
-- lost the control of the you know -- the administration has now had as you said three attacks.
Only one in which it succeeded but the others that could happen.
It needs a fall -- and he was a guy who already had run -- of them so why not have him walk the plank.
And say it to imply that he was at fault -- because of him that wasn't so that coordination convention of dots.
And -- he's out of the way -- the president is clear.
This will being -- this new versus -- the fourth Director of National Intelligence since that agency was found it.
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