Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement on the resignation of Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair:
"Dennis Blair is a dedicated public servant who has committed himself to protecting this nation. I have known him to be a professional who was good to work with. It is unfortunate that the Obama Administration did not allow him to do his job and tried to make him the scapegoat for the Administration's intelligence failures. The problem was not with Dennis Blair, but with the White House itself, which, under John Brennan, attempts to control intelligence policy beyond the scope of congressional oversight while withholding necessary information from Congress. I wish Dennis Blair well and thank him for his service."
Note: In addition to serving as Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, King serves as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. King is the only Member of Congress to serve on both panels.