Fired FBI Director James Comey wishes to capitalize on his controversies and new found fame - or infamy- as he has a new book deal. He has signed an agreement with Flatiron Books for a $2 million deal.
Comey is planning to write a book about leadership and decision-making that will draw upon his career in government, including the challenging times he had handling the agency’s probe into the alleged ties between Trump campaign team and Russia.
Flatiron Books for its part tries to excite potential readers as it said that Comey will share in the book “unheard anecdotes from his long and distinguished career.” Its publisher and president said: “Drawing on his years serving various U.S. Presidents, Director Comey will give us unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in leadership itself!”
The timing of the book deal announcement is also a curious ‘coincidence’ perhaps. It comes a day after the Senate has confirmed his successor at the FBI, Christopher Wray. President Trump nominated Wray, who served as assistant attorney general under President George W.Bush, after Comey’s firing in May. Comey was fired while he was leading an FBI probe into alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign team and the Russian government.
The book is still untitled and scheduled to be released next spring. Several publishers bid for Comey’s book.
Comey testified before a Senate committee in June where he claimed that Trump fired him because of the way he was conducting the Russian probe. He also accused the President of trying to influence him to drop the bureau’s investigation into the then national security adviser Michael Flynn. Trump has denied the allegations and even hinted on Twitter that Comey better hopes that there are no tapes of their conversations in the White House. The White House later said that no such tapes exist.
Comey is also expected to discuss the book his handling of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email server. Comey is remembered for sending a letter to congressional leaders on October 28 last year, or crucial less than last two weeks before the election, saying the FBI would continue probing whether Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent additional emails from a private server while serving as Secretary of State.
Clinton has often included Comey as one of those to be blamed for her humiliating loss, even suggesting that if Comey had not sent that congressional letter, she would have been elected president in November.
Comey was appointed FBI Director by Barack Obama in 2013 after he served as Deputy Attorney General under George W. Bush administration and as a U.S. Attorney General for the Southern District of New York.