July 18, 2017

James Comey is shopping a book; also, impeachment


James Comey

Now that he has some spare time on his hands, former FBI director James Comey—who was suddenly, unceremoniously dismissed from his post in May—is apparently shopping a book proposal around town.

For the New York Times, Alexandra Alter reports that Comey has been entertaining meetings with publishers at all the big houses, and his agents, Keith Urbahn and Matt Latimer at Javelin, expect an auction that could skyrocket into the eight-figures over the next few days.

While the project aims to focus more on “leadership and his search for the truth” than behind-the-scenes details from Comey’s role in the controversial investigations into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, Alter notes that the book “may still contain some previously unrevealed details about Mr. Comey’s dealings with Mr. Trump.” On June 8th, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee, “I was honestly concerned that [Trump] might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document.” Presumably with this in mind, Alter adds, “After all, Mr. Comey is known to be an assiduous note-taker.”

Totally unrelatedly, “obstruction of justice” was among the charges in the articles of impeachment that the House of Representatives brought against Presidents Nixon and Clinton, and falls under the category “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the same grounds on which every single official impeached in the United States has been tried.

For more on how impeachment works, keep your eyes out for Barbara A. Radnofsky’s A Citizen’s Guide to Impeachment, which will be available in September.



Taylor Sperry is a former Melville House editor.