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Report: Publishers Vying to Pay Big Money for James Comey's Book

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Former FBI Director James Comey. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Todd Beamon   |   Saturday, 15 Jul 2017 07:36 PM

Former FBI Director James Comey is writing a book about his public service, including his experiences in the Trump administration, and publishers are vying heavily to land it, his agent said Saturday.

"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," Matt Latimer, a co-partner at the literary agency Javelin, told The New York Times.

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

Comey, 56, who was fired by President Donald Trump in May, has been meeting with book editors and publishers this week in New York, the Times reports.

He is also represented by Keith Urbahn, Latimer's co-partner.

The Javelin agency also represents Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson and Democratic Party stalwart Donna Brazile, the Times reports. The book is expected to go to auction this coming week, with keen interest from all the major publishing companies, Latimer said.

Last month, New York book agents told DailyMail.com that Comey could fetch as much as $10 million for a book on his experiences.

Comey was initially reluctant to entertain book offers, Latimer told the Times, but he later decided that he had something more to say than just presenting the standard facts about his career.

The former FBI director plans to write candidly about his experiences with several White House administrations, seeking to discuss lessons about ethics, decision making and leadership, the agent said.

Besides his Trump experiences, Comey is expected to discuss elements of the FBI's probe into Hillary Clinton's private email use and the Russia investigation engulfing the current administration.

The book will go through the standard legal and governmental review process "to ensure that nothing classified is disclosed," the Times reports.

Comey served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, prosecuting Martha Stewart in her stock-trading scandal, before joining the Clinton administration as an assistant U.S. attorney.

Later serving as deputy attorney general, Comey clashed with President George W. Bush's administration by refusing to certify the legality of the NSA's domestic surveillance program, the Times reports.

He also spent eight years in the private sector, working as general counsel for Lockheed Martin, the Defense Department's largest contractor, and as a fellow in national security law at Columbia University.

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