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Hayden Center hosts intelligence heavyweights to kick off presidential election speaker series

November 7, 2019

From left, the Hayden Center panel included moderator Margaret Brennan from CBS’s "Face the Nation," John O. Brennan, John McLaughlin, Michael Morell and Andrew McCabe. Photos by Jim Remington/J. W. Remington Photographics.

Four former members of the federal intelligence community were brought together last Wednesday at the National Press Club for a program organized by the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy and International Security.

The event kicked off the series “2020 Vision: Intelligence and the U.S. Presidential Election,” sponsored by the Hayden Center at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

More than 500 people attended the 90-minute panel discussion where former CIA director John O. Brennan, former CIA acting director and deputy director John McLaughlin, former acting director and deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, and Michael Morell, former acting director and deputy director of the CIA and now a distinguished visiting professor at the Schar School, weighed in on current and past foreign interference in U.S. elections.

The event was moderated by CBS “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan.

It was also the first public speaking appearance of former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden, the center’s namesake and a distinguished visiting professor at the Schar School who is recovering from a stroke he suffered nearly a year ago, who thanked the audience for coming.

Read more about the panel discussion, and see the complete discussion on C-SPAN 2.