For­mer FBI direc­tor has book deal

Pub­li­ca­tion set for next spring

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY HILLEL ITALIE

For­mer FBI direc­tor James Comey has a book deal.

Flat­iron Books told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Wed­nes­day that Comey is writ­ing a book about lead­er­ship and de­ci­sion mak­ing that will draw upon his ca­reer in gov­ern­ment.

Comey will write about ex­pe­ri­ences that made him the FBI’s best-known and most con­tro­ver­sial FBI head in re­cent times, from his han­dling of the bu­reau’s probe into Hil­lary Clin­ton’s pri­vate email server to al­le­ga­tions of ties between Rus­sia and Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

Trump fired Comey in May and soon af­ter told NBC News that he was an­gered by the FBI’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into “this Rus­sia thing with Trump and Rus­sia,’’ which he called a fake story.

Comey has since tes­ti­fied be­fore Congress that Trump asked him to end an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into for­mer Na­tional Se­cu­rity ad­viser Michael T. Flynn and kept memos about his meet­ings with the pres­i­dent.

Ac­cord­ing to Flat­iron, Comey will cite “ex­am­ples from some of the high­est-stakes sit­u­a­tions in the past two decades of Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment’’ and “share yet-un­heard anec­dotes from his long and distin­guished ca­reer.’’

The book is cur­rently un­ti­tled and sched­uled for pub­li­ca­tion next spring. “Through­out his ca­reer, James Comey has had to face one dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion af­ter an­other as he has served the lead­ers of our coun­try,’’ Flat­iron publisher and pres­i­dent Bob Miller said in a state­ment.

“His book prom­ises to take us in­side those ex­tra­or­di­nary mo­ments in our his­tory, show­ing us how th­ese lead­ers have be­haved un­der pres­sure. By do­ing so, Direc­tor Comey will give us un­prece­dented en­try into the cor­ri­dors of power, and a re­mark­able les­son in lead­er­ship it­self.’’

Comey was rep­re­sented by Matt La­timer and Keith Ur­bahn of Javelin. Fi­nan­cial terms were not dis­closed, but sev­eral pub­lish­ers bid for the book and three of­fi­cials with knowl­edge of the ne­go­ti­a­tions said the auc­tion topped $2 mil­lion. The of­fi­cials asked not to be iden­ti­fied be­cause were not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss the book.

Over the past two decades, Comey has been praised and crit­i­cized by both Democrats and Repub­li­cans.

In 2004, he was among the Jus­tice Depart­ment of­fi­cials who threat­ened to quit af­ter White House of­fi­cials in the Ge­orge W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion pres­sured then-at­tor­ney gen­eral John Ashcroft, who was re­cov­er­ing from gall­blad­der surgery, to au­tho­rize a do­mes­tic sur­veil­lance pro­gram be­gun in re­sponse to the Sept. 11, 2001, ter­ror­ist at­tacks. (The pro­gram was even­tu­ally re­struc­tured).

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