David Priess

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David Priess is the Chief Operating Officer of the Lawfare Institute. He is a writer and speaker on the presidency, national security, and intelligence who served during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations as a CIA officer. His most recent book, "How To Get Rid of a President," conveys the stories of the many ways American presidents have left office. He is also the author of “The President’s Book of Secrets,” the first book about the top-secret President’s Daily Brief and its recipients.

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Director of National Intelligence (DNI)

The Potential Trouble With Nominating a DNI From Trump’s Central Casting

The nomination-by-tweet of Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas as director of national intelligence (DNI) to replace outgoing DNI Dan Coats has drawn rapid and harsh condemnation from many political observers and even former intelligence officers for his apparent partisanship and lack of experience.

Congress

Mueller’s Testimony: The Baton Passes to Congress

The former special counsel’s testimony is not ultimately important for any bombshells or revelations but for initiating the long-belated creation of an Article I record of the president’s conduct.