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Steele Dossier: The Counterintelligence Investigation of 2016

Tue, Apr 23, 2019, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

You are cordially invited to the eighth annual 
Ronald Reagan Intelligence Lecture
on the topic of
Steele Dossier: The Counterintelligence Investigation of 2016
Mr. Paul Schilling
Adjunct Professor, IWP

Tuesday, April 23rd
4:00 – 5:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C.


This event will be off the record.


About the Lecture: The Steele Dossier figured prominently in the initial 2016 Trump Presidential campaign counterintelligence investigation, which was later subsumed into the recently-concluded Mueller investigation. However, questions continue to be been raised about the Dossier’s intelligence value and whether its partisan underpinnings ought to have precluded its use in an intelligence effort. Drawing upon intelligence standards set by such events as the WMD Commission report, the Church Committee reports, and President Reagan’s Executive Order on Intelligence Activities, Mr. Paul Schilling will offer some answers to those questions.

About the Speaker: Mr. Paul Schilling is a graduate of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University. Following graduation, Schilling served for four years as a Deputy Attorney General with the Pennsylvania Department of Justice and, then, for thirty years as an attorney in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of General Counsel.

Schilling’s Agency career spanned a tumultuous and challenging time for American intelligence and the CIA: the Iranian Revolution; the Iran-contra affair; the downing of Pan Am 103; the end of the Cold War; the first Gulf War; 9/11 and the global war on terrorism; the second Gulf War; and, the creation of the DNI. Providing legal advice and counsel to senior Agency officials and handling high-profile litigation and legislative matters, Mr. Schilling was privileged to help meet those challenges. His work crossed various intelligence disciplines: foreign intelligence, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and covert action. He provided service to virtually all Agency components, including its National Clandestine Service, Counterterrorism Center, and Office of Congressional Affairs.

Since his Agency retirement, Mr. Schilling has been employed by the SAIC and LEIDOS corporations providing instructional services to U.S. government personnel. He has also taught courses on U.S. history and constitutional law to high school students. Professor Schilling is an Adjunct Professor at IWP, where teaches “Intelligence and the Law.”

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