Former CIA Director James Woolsey is no longer a part of President-elect Trump's transition team, he confirmed on CNN Thursday evening.
"I didn't want to fly under false colors. I've been an adviser and felt that I was making a contribution and I strongly support Mr. Trump for president, I did, since September and I wish him well, but I'm not really functioning as an adviser anymore," Woolsey told CNN host Erin Burnett. "So when I'm on screen, everyone announces I'm a former CIA director and that I'm a Trump adviser, and I'm really not anymore, so I just thought I should strike that from the chyron or as it comes up on the screen so no one is under false impressions."
Woolsey had joined Trump's campaign in September. He had served as CIA director under former Democratic President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1995.
Spokesman Jonathan Franks issued a statement about the change shortly before Woolsey went on TV.
"Effective immediately, Ambassador Woolsey is no longer a Senior Advisor to President-Elect Trump or the Transition. He wishes the President-Elect and his Administration great success in their time in office," Franks said.
It is unclear whether Woolsey was forced out or left on his own terms; nevertheless, the move comes days after the former intelligence director butt heads with Trump over whether Russia hacked Democratic officials' emails.
Woolsey told CNN on Monday he thought "the Russians were in there, but it doesn't mean other people weren't in there, too." The comment contradicted statements top officials in the Trump transition team have made, including incoming press secretary Sean Spicer, who told CNN "jumping to conclusions" before a final report is released is "irresponsible."