ACCESSION NUMBER:372760 FILE ID:TXT304 DATE:12/28/94 TITLE:WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION OF CIA DIRECTOR WOOLSEY (12/28/94) TEXT:*94122804.TXT WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION OF CIA DIRECTOR WOOLSEY (Texts: White House, Woolsey statements) (630) Washington -- President Clinton December 28 accepted the resignation of the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, R. James Woolsey. A written statement released by the office of the president's press secretary said the resignation was accepted "with regret," but it did not indicate when or why Woolsey had resigned. But it also released a statement by Woolsey saying he had tendered his resignation in a December 26 letter to the president and noting that his family figured "prominently" in "making the decision to return to the private sector." In the White House statement, Clinton called Woolsey "a staunch advocate" for maintaining intelligence-gathering at a high level of professionalism and credited him with improving the quality of the analyses provided by the CIA and with correcting "security and management lapses in the critical area of counterintelligence," such as those revealed in the Aldrich Ames case. Following is the text of the White House statement: (begin text White House statement) The president today announced that he had accepted with regret the resignation of R. James Woolsey as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In doing so, the president praised Woolsey's many accomplishments in advancing the transformation of U.S. intelligence in the aftermath of the Cold War. "Jim Woolsey has been a staunch advocate of maintaining an intelligence capability that is second to none. He has taken initiatives to streamline and improve costly collection systems, improve the quality of both analysis and intelligence and correct security and management lapses in the critical area of counterintelligence. Jim Woolsey deserves the gratitude of all Americans for his service to our country. He has my deep appreciation," the president said. The president reiterated the importance that intelligence plays in protecting American interests around the world. "Intelligence is a vital element of our nation's power and influence. The men and women of U.S. intelligence must know how grateful I am for their 1edicated and often unheralded service. I remain committed to ensuring that they have the support, resources and leadership needed to continue their outstanding service to their country." (end text White House statement) (begin text Woolsey statement) In a letter to the president on December 26, 1994, I tendered my resignation as director of Central Intelligence. I said that I was available to serve as long as until the end of January, if the president wishes, in order to assist in a transition. Serving as DCI has been a privilege and an honor and I remain grateful to President Clinton for the opportunity to be part of his administration. In making the decision to return to the private sector, however, my family figures prominently. For their patience and understanding in the face of lost evenings, weekends and holidays, it is time for recompense. Intelligence remains vital to our national security. We have taken major steps in the last two years to reshape American intelligence and ensure that the CIA and the intelligence community can support the president, his policymakers, military commanders, and the Congress with intelligence of the highest quality well into the next century. As the administration and Congress review the community, I intend to continue to contribute to the discussion of its roles and missions in the years ahead. Finally, I am grateful for the opportunity to have served with the exceptional men and women of the intelligence community and of the Central Intelligence Agency in particular. Their patriotism, dedication, pride, skill, and unpublicized achievements are hallmarks of the finest qualities and accomplishments of the federal service. They continue to be central to the nation's security. I look forward to introducing my successor to the best of the best. (end text Woolsey statement) NNNN .