Comey book rollout coincides with IG report, new questions about his actions

Fired FBI director James Comey’s new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, will hit stores on April 17. Comey and his publishers have a big rollout planned, beginning with a sit-down, prime-time exclusive interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on April 15. Comey will also appear with Stephen Colbert on CBS’s “The Late Show,” join “The View,” and record an hour-long interview with New Yorker editor David Remnick before a live audience on April 18 (ticket prices $57 to $97.)

On Friday, Axios reported that Comey plans to “come out hot” on his book tour. “He has heard a lot of lies and misstatements about the FBI that he intends to correct,” Axios’ Mike Allen wrote. (Allen will interview Comey at the Washington DC stop on Comey’s tour; ticket price not yet announced.)

But while Comey might indeed “come out hot” on the tour, it is also possible that things might get hot for him on Capitol Hill with the expected release, in roughly mid-April, of Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz’s report on Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. At various times in the Clinton affair, Comey’s judgment angered Republicans, Democrats, and people generally concerned about upholding standards of law enforcement. Some Republicans expect the Horowitz report to be damaging to the Justice Department, the FBI, and to Comey himself.