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David Priess writes and speaks about the presidency, national security, and intelligence. His new book, How To Get Rid of a President: History’s Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives, comes out in November and addresses all of the ways Presidents have left office—providing key context to the country’s dramatic political developments.
During the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, Priess served at the CIA as an intelligence officer, manager, and daily intelligence briefer as well as at the State Department as a desk officer in the Near East Bureau. His work included time as the daily intelligence briefer to FBI Director Robert Mueller and Attorney General John Ashcroft, presenting to them each morning the highlights of the of President’s Daily Brief (PDB) and other intelligence materials.
For his 2016 book The President’s Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents, Priess became the first author to interview for one book every living former President, Vice President, and CIA Director from previous administrations.

His analysis and commentary has also appeared in outlets including the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Lawfare, Politico, War on the Rocks,The Cipher Brief, Skeptic, and the Houston Chronicle. He has appeared as a national security and political commentator on multiple CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and BBC programs.
Priess is currently a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute of George Mason University. He obtained his BA in politicial science from Illinois Wesleyan University, his MA in political science from Duke University, and his PhD in political science from Duke University. He has taught political science classes at Duke University, the George Washington University, and George Mason University and presents to audiences antionwide.


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