Ex-FBI chief James Comey could make millions this week, as his forthcoming book is expected to be a hot seller when it goes to auction for publishers.
The New York Times reported Saturday that Comey, who was dramatically fired by President Trump on May 9, is pursuing a book project about his career in public service – including the tumultuous three and half months spent under Trump before getting axed.
‘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,’ said Matt Latimer, a partner at the literary agency Javelin, which is shopping to book.
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He may no longer be the top dog at the FBI, but ex-Director James Comey could become a millionaire this week as his book goes to auction for publishers
James Comey, seen arriving to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, decided to write a book after all, but it won’t be a straight memoir
While Comey has upset and pleased both Republicans and Democrats for his actions involving Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, he’s entrusting Republicans to handle the book project.
Both Latimer, and his Javelin associate Keith Urbahn, are veterans of GOP administrations and members of Congress, with Latimer serving as President George W. Bush’s deputy director of speechwriting and as the chief speechwriter to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Urbahn worked for Rumsfeld as well, and was the first person to tweet the news that 9/11 terrorist Osama bin Laden had been killed in 2011. Urbahn also worked for now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Comey, according to an acquisition editor for a major New York publishing house, could get $10 million for the book, the insider told DailyMail.com in June.
‘Jim Comey’s story has everything, from White House intrigue to possible corruption and law breaking. His explosive story makes “West Wing” and “House of Cards” on a par with “Mister Rogers,”‘ the source said. ‘When his proposal hits my desk, I’ve already been authorized to offer $10 million.’
The book could be turned into a movie as well with a prominent movie and TV agent telling DailyMail.com, ‘I know one top drawer producer who’s already talking to stars to cast the Comey role. He has to be tall, good-looking and a Jimmy Stewart–John Wayne–hero type.’
‘I was mesmerized when I spent the whole day watching Comey testify,’ the agent added.
According to the Times’ reporting, Comey was initially shy about publishing a book, but later changed his mind once he decided to write something more pointed than straight memoir.
‘His aim is to write candidly about his experiences serving in multiple administrations, and to use moments from his career to draw lessons about ethics, decision making and leadership,’ the Times’ Alexandra Alter said.