Former FBI Director James Comey lived for the spotlight. While most FBI directors preferred to keep a low profile, Comey inserted himself into the political arena and reached a level of infamy not seen since J. Edgar Hoover.
Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey is refusing to be forgotten. The man President Trump fired in early May has signed a book deal with Flatiron Books worth over $2 million, according to The Washington Free Bacon.
Flatiron President Bob Miller explained that the book will discuss leadership and decision-making in high stakes situations. However, the publisher teased that Comey will discuss the controversies surrounding his work under former President Obama and President Trump.
Comey auctioned off the rights to his book in a bidding process that pit multiple publishers against each other. The bidding ultimately pushed the final agreement over $2 million.
The book claims to be about leadership and decision making, but Comey was fired for failed leadership and poor decision-making. The disgraced FBI director doesn’t appear to be a source of expert advice on the subject. The book clearly has nothing to do with leadership.
The book seems to be a tell-all novel disguised as a business manual. This is an attempt by Comey to extend his fame and win one last payday before taking the revolving door back to private sector board rooms.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein laid out a clear case against Comey’s leadership in a letter that ultimately resulted in his firing. Rosenstein relied on the unanimous opinion of multiple former attorney generals who all agreed that Comey crossed the line during his investigations of Hillary Clinton.
Comey explained that he made the decision to become publicly involved in the Clinton email scandal because he was concerned about the perception surrounding then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
On July 5th, 2016, Comey announced to the world that the case against Clinton was closing and she would not be prosecuted. However, it is the responsibility of the Justice Department, not the FBI director, to announce the conclusion of a case and decide whether or not to prosecute.
“The way the Director handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong,” Rosenstein wrote in a scathing letter, reported by Fox News. “As a result, the FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them. Having refused to admit his errors, the Director cannot be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions.”
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This does not sound like a man someone should turn to for leadership and decision-making advice.
Instead, we can expect the novel to be a hit job against Trump. Since his inauguration, Washington insiders like Comey have been aggressively undermining Trump. Comey refused to publicly admit that Trump was not being investigated for Russian collusion. Unable to completely loosen his grip on power, he illegally leaked an unverified memo to further discredit the president. His new book is not likely to add much wisdom to the literature of leadership or decision making.