Former FBI director James Comey has decided to write a book about his career in public service, including his months working under the Trump administration before he was abruptly fired, The New York Times reported Saturday.
Comey met with New York editors and publishers this week, and is being represented by the literary agency Javelin.
“It’s a book about leadership and his search for truth, informed by lessons and experiences he’s had throughout his career, including his recent experiences in the Trump administration,” Javelin partner Matt Latimer told the Times.
“It will speak to a broader desire in our country for more ethical leadership.”
Comey was unexpectedly fired by President Donald Trump in May, after which Trump said “this Russia thing” had been a factor in his decision. The firing prompted the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to take over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Comey testified in June before a widely viewed Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, in which he detailed his concerns that Trump had attempted to interfere in an FBI investigation.
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. The book will, however, also touch upon more recent events, including his investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and the FBI’s Russia probe.
Comey had initially been reluctant to take up offers by agents and publishers, but eventually changed his mind, the Times reported. His agent said he will use the book to impart lessons on ethics, decision-making, and leadership.
Comey’s book will likely be widely anticipated, and some have previously speculated he could receive as much as an eight-figure advance. The book will also undergo legal and governmental vetting to avoid disclosing classified information.
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