President Trump and his supporters blame rogue elements in the FBI and CIA for inciting the Ukraine Scandal, the impeachment trials and more recently, criticism for how he has handled the outbreak of COVID-19. He claims a “deep state”—a clandestine network of individuals who are running the US from behind closed doors—exists to thwart him and undermine his presidency. But does the Deep State really exist? Are the FBI and CIA the enemies, or protectors, of American democracy? And did skepticism of government experts slow President Trump’s response to the coronavirus?
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Rohde will explore the intelligence community and FBI scandals of the past four decades—from Abscam to false intelligence about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction to warrantless wiretappings of Americans—and investigates growing fears of a deep state that cross party lines.
David Rohde’s newest book, IN DEEP: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America’s Deep State will be released April 14, 2020. Purchase with BooksInc for free shipping and to support your local, independent book store!
Executive Editor, Newyorker.com
WorldAffairs co-host and visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution
This event is presented by World Affairs in partnership with:
The Pacific Council on International Policy