Update: American Grand Strategy cancelled an event hosting Duke alum Andrew McCabe, Trinity '90, on campus April 13. There is no information regarding whether the event will be rescheduled.
Until a few months ago, McCabe was deputy director of the FBI and, after then-FBI Director James Comey’s departure, the Bureau’s acting director. He was then fired from the Bureau by Attorney General Jeff Sessions less than two days before he was eligible for a government pension.
Now, he’s coming to campus to speak.
Duke’s Program in American Grand Strategy is set to host McCabe for a talk on April 13 in Page Auditorium. The event is called “Leadership Challenges in National Security: A Conversation with Andrew McCabe.” Peter Feaver, professor of political science and director of the AGS program, will interview McCabe at the event.
“Andrew McCabe has been at the center of some of the FBI’s highest-profile activities and so is well-positioned to speak to the range of national security issues the Bureau has had to address,” Feaver wrote in a statement about the event.
McCabe, Trinity ’90, graduated from Duke with an undergraduate degree in political science before joining the FBI in 1996. He recently made national headlines for being on the receiving end of criticism from President Donald Trump over his handling of the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton.
“In particular, McCabe has precisely the right background and experience to address a question that has been hotly debated in the media—how effectively is the Bureau managing its national security portfolio and how much confidence should the American public have in this vital institution?” Feaver wrote.
McCabe—who has served in the FBI for more than 20 years—has been involved with a number of high profile cases over the years, ranging from overseeing the Bureau’s national security programs during the Edward Snowden investigation to being the deputy director during recent investigations into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as well as Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election.