Obama to Nominate Clapper for DNI

Posted June 4, 2010 at 4:39pm

President Barack Obama on Saturday plans to nominate retired Gen. James Clapper to be his new director of national intelligence, the Washington Post reported Friday.

Obama is expected to make the announcement during a Rose Garden event, weather permitting. Clapper will replace Dennis Blair, who resigned last month after serving in the post for 16 months.

Clapper already has some critics on the Hill, including House Intelligence ranking member Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), who, in an interview last week with Newsweek, called the retired general “not forthcoming, open, or transparent” in his dealings with Congressional oversight committees.

Hoekstra spokesman Jamal Ware said Friday that Clapper’s selection “will not correct this problem” of keeping Congress fully informed, and that “his already poor relationship with Congress suggests it will get only worse.”