- The former FBI director James Comey has a book due out next week that details some of the most dramatic moments of his career, including the tumultuous months that preceded his firing under President Donald Trump.
- In “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” Comey recounts the 2016 US election, the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email use as secretary of state, Russian meddling aimed at boosting Donald Trump, and Comey’s interactions with Trump soon after he took office.
- Comey also talks about some of the moments that defined his working relationship with President Barack Obama.
The book is due out on April 17, but excerpts have already begun to emerge. This is what we’ve learned so far:
Trump fired Comey in May 2017. It happened months after the president first met with Comey and asked for his loyalty — and requested that the FBI drop its investigation into then-national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Those encounters, among other things, have since become part of an obstruction-of-justice investigation that special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting. That probe, along with the broader Russia investigation, has taken many turns, nearly one year since Mueller was appointed.
To date, the Trump administration remains steeped in controversy and turmoil, and it reached another pivotal moment this week after FBI agents raided the home and office of Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
That raid appears to have prompted Trump and his attorneys to scrap plans for a sit-down interview with Mueller. And while the development may ultimately hasten the conclusion of Mueller’s investigation, what comes next could have a lasting impact on Trump’s presidential legacy.