President Trump and an anxious public await former FBI director James Comeys book
WASHINGTON — The last time an FBI director penned a memoir, the American public anxiously awaited a personal account of a director’s fraught relationship with a U.S. president.
In that book, Louis Freeh devoted a chapter to his icy association with Bill Clinton, aptly titled, Bill and Me.
That was 2005, when Freeh and Clinton were long-gone from their respective offices.
Thirteen years later, Jim Comey is set to drop a tome of perhaps unprecedented anticipation about his own extraordinary tenure — cut dramatically short by the commander in chief.
Unlike Freeh’s work, Comey’s book arrives less than a year after his abrupt dismissal by President Trump and as the former FBI director stands as a potential witness to Trump’s possible efforts to obstruct the ongoing inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Trump has said he fired Comey for his handling of the Russia inquiry.
The book’s roll-out also comes as the Justice Department’s inspector general is poised to release what promises to be a deeply critical assessment of how the FBI — under Comey’s leadership — handled the politically charged investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of State.
The timing is at once proving to be a marketing bonanza for booksellers, while Comey’s supporters and detractors — especially those hunkered down inside an already chaotic White House — are bracing for a likely firestorm to follow.
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