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Axed FBI director James Comey writing tell-all memoir

17 Juillet 2017

"It will speak to a broader desire in our country for more ethical leadership".

Mr Comey has been meeting with editors and publishers in New York in recent days, and he is being represented by Mr Keith Urbahn and Mr Matt Latimer, partners at the literary agency Javelin, reported The New York Times.

Comey was unexpectedly fired by President Donald Trump in May, after which Trump said "this Russian Federation thing" had been a factor in his decision.

In a season of open congressional hearings, his stole the show when he said it made him "mildly nauseous" that his conduct during the 2016 presidential campaign regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation might have led to Trump's election.

According to the Times, Comey's book will not take the form of a salacious tell-all memoir, but will instead delve into his decades-long career as a federal prosecutor, Justice Department official, and eventually FBI director. Also the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while Secretary of State, and his inquiry into Russia's meddling in the US election.

Comey is pictured here testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington in May.

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There has always been speculation about how big of an advance Comey could get for a memoir, with some suggesting it could be in the millions of dollars.

"His aim is to write candidly about his experiences serving in multiple administrations, and to use moments from his career to draw lessons about ethics, decision making and leadership, ' the Times" Alexandra Alter said.

Mr Comey has been unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight.

Mr Comey's book will go through the standard legal and governmental vetting to ensure that nothing classified is disclosed. In fact, how many people will remember him? A whitewash is likely. But I know of one bestseller I will take a pass on reading when it comes out - probably next summer.

Some of the biggest publishing houses in the United States will be battling it out to snag former FBI Director James Comey's memoir.

Nearly immediately after his firing, agents and publishers pounced, setting off speculation that Mr. Comey was contemplating writing a book.

Axed FBI director James Comey writing tell-all memoir