The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump

The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump

by Andrew G. McCabe

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On March 16, 2018, just twenty-six hours before his scheduled retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for more than two decades, Andrew G. McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI. President Donald Trump celebrated on Twitter: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy."

In The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, Andrew G. McCabe offers a dramatic and candid account of his career, and an impassioned defense of the FBI's agents, and of the institution's integrity and independence in protecting America and upholding our Constitution.

McCabe started as a street agent in the FBI's New York field office, serving under director Louis Freeh. He became an expert in two kinds of investigations that are critical to American national security: Russian organized crime—which is inextricably linked to the Russian state—and terrorism. Under Director Robert Mueller, McCabe led the investigations of major attacks on American soil, including the Boston Marathon bombing, a plot to bomb the New York subways, and several narrowly averted bombings of aircraft. And under James Comey, McCabe was deeply involved in the controversial investigations of the Benghazi attack, the Clinton Foundation's activities, and Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.

The Threat recounts in compelling detail the time between Donald Trump's November 2016 election and McCabe's firing, set against a page-turning narrative spanning two decades when the FBI's mission shifted to a new goal: preventing terrorist attacks on Americans. But as McCabe shows, right now the greatest threat to the United States comes from within, as President Trump and his administration ignore the law, attack democratic institutions, degrade human rights, and undermine the U.S. Constitution that protects every citizen.

Important, revealing, and powerfully argued, The Threat tells the true story of what the FBI is, how it works, and why it will endure as an institution of integrity that protects America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250207593
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/19/2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 14,237
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Andrew G. McCabe served as deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from February 2016 to January 2018. He began his career at the FBI in 1996, working first as a street agent on the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force, and eventually as its supervisor. Later, he led the FBI's Counterterrorism Division, the National Security Branch, and the Washington Field Office, and was the first director of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, which developed new methods for lawfully and effectively questioning suspected terrorists. He lives in Virginia with his wife Jill, their two children and a dog.

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The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
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An honest man trying to speak truth to power. A man with 21 years of Fidelity, Honor, and Integrity, who was smeared by a person who has no integrity, honor or fidelity, literally. Solid read, insightful and the truth always rises to the top. Pay attention, listen, learn and try not to be obtuse. A good man telling an honest account of history.
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Thomas J Baker More than 1 year ago
McCabe Did Not Get the Memo Andrew McCabe's book “The Threat” has sadly furthered embarrassed the Bureau and those of us who love the institution. McCabe has always been impressive. He may garner some sympathy from the public. His need to defend himself and get “his side” of the story out there is understandable. In this book, he takes cheap shots at former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. This is not becoming from a former acting director of the FBI. Jeff Sessions was a true gentleman, as those of us who worked for him in the past know. However, from McCabe, this might be expected. After all, he is striking back at a man who signed off on his firing. All that said, McCabe’s already tatted reputation will suffer further from this publication. As explained in the book, shortly after being made acting director in May 2017, upon the firing of former Director James Comey, McCabe ordered an investigation of Trump for obstruction of justice. He also ordered that the FBI directly investigate the President himself to determine if he had been working with the Russians against American interests. Other than the firing itself, McCabe offers no predicate for either of these investigative initiations, which was FBI procedure in the past, and is required by the Attorney General Guidelines. McCabe explained that he did this to insure that there would be an investigation ongoing if he was fired. What does that tell us about those in the chain of command behind McCabe? Were others not seeing things the same way as he? So much of what McCabe writes does just not make sense. It is truly embarrassing. He alleges conversations involving Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein concerning Trump’s possible obstruction of justice. But it was Rosenstein who wrote the detailed memo setting forth the justification for Comey’s firing. McCabe’s concern about being fired right behind Comey is also a bit misplaced, as he was one of only four Bureau executives interviewed by Trump for the director’s job. If he had considered the Attorney General Guidelines, McCabe would never had directed the investigation of the president for “working against American interests.” Likely the initial counter-intelligence case itself would not have been launched on July 31, 2016, as there was no real predicate information for that initiation. And McCabe provides none in “The Threat”. The idea that the president could be involved obstruction of justice for firing a subordinate has been fully debunked in a June 8, 2018 memo that Bill Barr prepared for Rosenstein. According to Mr. Barr’s analysis, in firing Comey, the president was exercising decision making authority “invested in him by the Constitution.” Clearly McCabe did not get the memo.
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Sadie-C More than 1 year ago
I bought this out of civic duty toward McCabe's retirement - ;) - thinking it would be a whining, boring diatribe against Mr. Trump (that I'd read ten pages of and never pick up again.) Wrong. McCabe's easy, self-effacing narrative is a cool combination of creative mind + super geek: he loved wearing the same polo shirts as everyone during training. He loved writing 302s. He appreciated order, discipline and dedication of the FBI. And yet, how freaked out he was when first assigned to the FBI nyc - with all the tension and personality one might expect from nyc - before beginning an investigation into the Russian "protection" racket in Brooklyn, via one phone call (b/c he was the only one in the office that early in the morning.) He's an excellent, excellent writer and storyteller. The Trump timeline is almost secondary (although critical) to the fact that the FBI and law enforcement are crucial to the structure of democracy. I hope he writes spy novels in the future... I'm pretty sure none of us will be able to put them down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read if you care about the good old USA. Wow! thank you Mr. McCabe for an honest depiction of current travesties within out beloved country.
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A complete waste of time. I would not recommend it at all. Just a self boasting book.
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Name-Pen More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very informative and should be a must-read for all Americans. It details how the FBI uses it's investigative power to protect us from terrorism as well as from organized criminals. Mr. McCabe also warns us about the threat from an unprincipled president that cares nothing about the rule of law and fair play and is only interested in his own egomania.
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McCabe’s story took a fuzzy, exaggerated political and legal world and put it into sharp, clear focus. In addition to clarity, the perspective and experience of one person adds depth to issues that are often presented two-dimensionally. McCabe firmly establishes his credibility and uses it to issue a powerful warning to any who will listen. In addition to his message, McCabe provides a fascinating look at the FBI. His detailed description of how situations are evaluated for further investigation are especially relevant today as the current Attorney General is attacking these pillar FBI principles.
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This is an excellent book!! I enjoyed reading it... and I learned a lot.
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Loved the book. Most informative and distressing. Really not about me me me rather about us. These dedicated government employees are really our first line of defense and should not be politicized. Thank You mr. McCabe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Well written. Riveting.
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Loved it.
JonathonWalford More than 1 year ago
Of all the books on the Trump presidency, both pro and con, Mr. McCabe's stands apart as one of the most important in its careful explanation of the danger our nation currently faces. Starting by sharing his fascinating life in the FBI and augmenting that with insights into every day life with the Bureau, McCabe paints a picture of how that organization works to protect Americans from criminality, even from crimes allegedly committed by the President of the United States.
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