Andrew G. McCabe, author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Threat: How the FBI
Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, spent 21 years in the FBI. On May 9, 2017 he
became acting director of the FBI after the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Prior to this
role, he served as the deputy director where he oversaw all of the FBI’s operations and
intelligence collection activities. Mr. McCabe also previously served as associate deputy
director, responsible for the management of all FBI personnel, budget, administration,
technology and infrastructure.
Mr. McCabe began his career as a special agent with the FBI in 1996, assigned to the New York
Field Office, investigating and supervising Russian organized crime cases. In 2006, Mr. McCabe
shifted his focus to national security when he was promoted to FBI Headquarters in the
Counterterrorism Division. In 2008, Mr. McCabe was promoted to assistant special agent in
charge of the Washington Field Office’s Counterterrorism Division where he received the FBI
Director’s Award for his work on the 56th Presidential Inauguration.
Mr. McCabe returned to FBI Headquarters in 2009 to build and oversee the High Value Detainee
Interrogation Group (HIG), which was President Obama’s effort to transform the government’s
interrogation of terrorists. In 2012, Mr. McCabe became the assistant director in charge of the
FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.
In 2013, Mr. McCabe was appointed as executive assistant director of the National Security
Branch where he ensured the FBI successfully executed its mission to defend the United States
from all national security threats. In that role, Mr. McCabe oversaw the FBI’s work in the
Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, Intelligence, and Weapons of Mass Destruction divisions,
as well as the Terrorism Screening Center and the HIG. In September 2014, he was named
assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office where he was responsible for all
programs in the nation’s second largest FBI field division.
Before entering the FBI, Mr. McCabe worked as a lawyer in private practice. He received a
Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1990 and Juris Doctor from Washington
University School of Law in 1993. In 2010, Mr. McCabe was certified by the Director of
National Intelligence as a senior intelligence officer, and in December 2014, Mr. McCabe was
awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service. Mr. McCabe is married, has two
children, and lives in northern Virginia.