Former CIA Director James Woolsey, a veteran of four presidential administrations and one of the nation's leading intelligence experts, resigned yesterday from President-elect Donald Trump's transition team because of growing tensions over Trump's vision for intelligence agencies.
Woolsey's resignation as a Trump senior adviser comes amid frustrations over the incoming Administration's national security plans and Trump's public comments undermining the intelligence community.
"Effective immediately, Ambassador Woolsey is no longer a senior adviser to President-elect Trump or the transition. He wishes the President-elect and his Administration great success in their time in office," Jonathan Franks, a spokesman for Woolsey, said in a statement.
People close to Woolsey said that he had been excluded in recent weeks from discussions on intelligence matters with Trump and retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the incoming White House national security adviser.
They said that Woolsey had grown increasingly uncomfortable lending his name and credibility to the transition team without being consulted.
Woolsey was taken aback by this week's reports that Trump is considering revamping the country's intelligence framework, said these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly.