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June 20, 2023

Former officials from intelligence agencies, DOJ to discuss erosion of public trust at ABA webinar

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2023 — Four national security lawyers who have served in prominent positions within federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies will discuss whether U.S. institutions have become politicized in a webinar sponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security at 4 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 23.

What: “Lost Trust: Politics and Intelligence”
When: 4-5 p.m. EDT, June 23
Where: Online

Recent political developments have damaged the reputation of agencies within the U.S. intelligence community, particularly the FBI, and have deeply divided the country. Reports by Robert Mueller, John Durham and multiple inspectors general have fostered suspicions that the Trump-Russia investigation was driven more by politics than by evidence. Panelists will discuss recent events and the appearance of partisanship and what can be done to restore trust among the American public. Panelists include:

  • Stewart Baker, former general counsel, National Security Agency and former assistant secretary for policy, Department of Homeland Security
  • Alex Joel, former civil liberties protection officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Mary McCord, former acting assistant attorney general for national security, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Harvey Rishikof, former legal counsel to the deputy director of the FBI and former policy adviser to the director of national counterintelligence, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

For media credentialing and registration, please contact Jennifer Kildee at [email protected].


The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.