FBI Sued Over Docs Related To Comey's $2 Million Book Deal

Watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the DOJ in order to obtain records from the FBI connected to former Director James Comey's $2 million book deal, after the agency failed to respond to an August 14, 2017 FOIA request.

In particular, the FOIA request concerns communications between Comey and the FBI leading up to his controversial June 2017 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The group seeks:

  • All records of communications between the FBI and Comey prior to and regarding Comey’s testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on June 8, 2017.
  • All records of communications between the FBI and Comey relating to an upcoming book to be authored by Comey and published.
  • All records, including but not limited to forms completed by Comey, relating to the requirement for prepublication review by the FBI of any book to be authored by Comey with the intent to be published or otherwise publicly available.

"Comey reportedly received an advance in excess of $2 million for his bookHigher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, reportedly set for publication on April 17th. Former FBI agents and officials intending to write books concerning their tenure are customarily required to submit the entire transcript for pre-publication review." - Judicial Watch

Following Comey's firing on May 9, 2017, the former FBI director sat down with Senate Select Committee investigators for a highly controversial testimony which covered, among other things, the circumstances surrounding his dismissal. 

Also covered in testimony was the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. 

Comey admitted to leaking his "memos" to the Senate Select Committee in order to kick off the Special Counsel headed by former FBI Director Robert Mueller III.


“Mr. Comey seems to have protected status for any misconduct and we want to know if he had a special deal for his book from his friends in the FBI,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“The Deep State is in cover-up mode. The FBI, DOJ, and the Special Counsel are stonewalling our requests for Comey documents.”

Comey moved up the date of his memoir "Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership," from May 1 to April 17, according to publisher Flatiron Books - due to the FBI coming under "intense scrutiny."

Flatiron president Bob Miller and publisher Amy Einhorn said there was demand for Comey to be heard amid an “urgent conversation” about the FBI, just one week after Comey blasted “weasels and liars” for pushing for the release a memo which alleges that top officials in the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) misled a federal surveillance court in order to obtain a spy warrant against a former Trump campaign adviser. -Daily Caller

The book is said to feature "yet-unheard anecdotes from his long and distinguished career," according to Flatiron Books, which describes the book as an exploration of, get this: "what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions."

"Throughout his career, James Comey has had to face one difficult decision after another as he has served the leaders of our country," Flatiron Books publisher Bob Miller said, who added that the book will be an "unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in leadership itself."

As the House and Senate home in on bad actors in the FBI and DOJ, and career officials peel out of the agencies left and right - we eagerly await the blind boyscout's book...


wisefool bobbbny Thu, 02/08/2018 - 23:13 Permalink

Bush, Dole, Clinton, Bush/Gore, Clinton, Bin Laden Family, etc.

Trump is the president we deserve. But the Grassley's are the ones who gave no quarter.

Still pay your taxes folks. lil' kim can still nuke you. and your family. he will not use 13 towelheads with box cutters. it will be ICBM nukes, launched from the 2018 olympics. Putin will save the people on the international space station. And finally, fully hack the presidential elections in the United states of america so we can do honest things with our lives.

April 15 is IRS day folks. Remember what we did for you.

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philipat erg Thu, 02/08/2018 - 23:53 Permalink

I guess there must be enough Libtards who will pay good money for more lies from Comey. I really can't understand why these people are so fucking stupid that they can't understand these people conspired in a coup detat and as such have committed treason. Irrespective of political affiliations (that's all just a divide and conquer exercise) do they not understand that these people swore an oath to uphold the CONSTITUTION and instead have trampled all over it.

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Eyes Opened Dolar in a vortex Fri, 02/09/2018 - 03:36 Permalink

"If he does a book stop in my area, I will attend, buy a book and loudly insult him to his face"


Or really push the boat out and send him a strongly-worded letter....  FFS...

U americans scream about your 2nd amendment rights ... they were put in the constitution for a reason, to defend against .gov tyranny.

Comey was, is, & always will be a traitor to the US... along with a lot of others... the just-us system is not only impotent, it is a party to the tyranny...


2nd  ??.......Use it or lose it folks...

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Creative_Destruct philipat Fri, 02/09/2018 - 00:22 Permalink

Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

So,"Mr. Integrity" throws his arm out of joint patting himself on the back for his own supposed self-righteous loyalty,honesty, and magnificent leadership and gets paid 2-Mil to boot for this self-indulgent crap, a probable exercise in self-righteous virtue-signaling.

It never ceases to amaze me how anyone can take political clowns like these seriously, especially Comey and Hillary, much less shell out their hard earned money for self-promoting books that they profit from.

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junction wisefool Thu, 02/08/2018 - 23:33 Permalink

As U.S. Attorney in New York, Comey's specialty was hammering minority criminals with maximum jail sentences.  Blacks caught using guns had their cases transferred from state criminal courts to federal courts if their arrests took place on a certain weekday, say Tuesday.  Comey called his program "Operation Exile" for the long prison sentences he got for these nobodies.  This is the same Comey who got $7 million a year for working for HSBC bank and making sure that none of HSBC's executives got prison sentences for laundering some $15 billion in drug kingpin's money.  Comey belongs in SuperMax.

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Umh Thu, 02/08/2018 - 22:48 Permalink

We really have a problem with these partisan criminals. Having worked around political appointees and their friends (hired into nonpolitical positions) I think this is beyond criminal, it is truely egregious.