8:40am PT by Andy Lewis
James Comey Inks Book Deal
Washington's most famous notetaker is putting it all on paper.
James Comey, the FBI director famously fired by President Trump because of the investigation into possible ties between his campaign and the Russian government, is writing a book.
Flatiron Books, an imprint at Macmillan, announced the untitled spring 2018 tome. The publisher’s statement said Comey will “explore what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions.” It also promises “yet-unheard anecdotes from his long and distinguished career.” But it does not say if Comey will directly address Trump or his firing.
A Comey book was the subject of intense speculation by the media and multiple publishers were said to have bid on the project. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Comey was appointed to a 10-year term as FBI director in 2013 by President Obama. Prior to that, he was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the Deputy Attorney General under President George W. Bush. As the U.S. Attorney, Comey helped prosecute Martha Stewart for insider trading. While Deputy Attorney General, he appeared at John Ashcroft’s hospital bed to oppose a new surveillance program. And as FBI director, his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails came under criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. After President Trump fired him May 9, Comey offered stunning testimony to Congress about how the President tried to influence the Russia investigation that drew on contemporaneous notes he made to memorialize the conversations with Trump.
Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn of Javelin represented Comey in the deal.