Priess ’93 Focuses on Attempts to Remove Former U.S. Presidents in New Book
Oct. 18, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Drawing upon his experience working with U.S. presidents as a
former CIA intelligence officer, Illinois Wesleyan University alum David Priess ’93
has authored a new book focusing on past attempts to disempower the President of the
In his new book, Priess attempts to provide a dark, humorous take on the morbid topics
that surround political intrigue in an effort to offer context for current political
turmoil. Though the U.S. Constitution has limits designed to keep the president in
check, Priess’ book argues that the way in which historical figures and groups have
resorted to more underhanded means might be more telling of how our democracy functions.
In addition, Priess gave daily briefings to FBI Director Robert Mueller and Attorney
General John Ashcroft during his time with the CIA. Since leaving government office,
Priess has offered political commentary in 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 taught political science classes at Duke University, George Washington University
and George Mason University, before taking on the role of director of analytic services
for a Virginia-based consulting firm that offers mentoring and consulting to the intelligence
community in public and private sectors.
Priess graduated with a political science degree from Illinois Wesleyan University
in 1993, before earning a master’s and Ph.D. in political science from Duke. He is
currently a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute of George Mason University.