Former FBI Director James Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, is scheduled to be released on April 17, 2018. The not-so-subtle message in the title is a shot across the bow of President Donald Trump, who fired Comey on May 9, 2017. The book will examine his entire career, but the section devoted to Comey’s experience investigating and interacting with Trump is sure to be page-turning, popcorn-worthy material.
Any inclusion of bombshells likely required pre-approval from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who interviewed Comey as a Trump-Russia witness back in the fall. Mueller has been very careful in strategically timing indictments, plea deals, and leaks to the media. He is walking a tightrope. One false step and Mueller could fall flat on his face because going after a sitting President of the United States is fraught with peril.
Therefore, based on Comey’s timing, we can assume that Mueller views April 17 as the deadline for wrapping up certain public aspects of his investigation. So, while the daily barrage of activity has at times been dizzying recently, you can bet Trump and his minions are in for a world of hurt between now and mid-April.
At that point, many of the obstruction of justice shenanigans that happened in the lead up to Comey’s firing will likely be known, especially if Trump’s scared legal team weasels out of having their lying-as-easy-as-others-breathe client refuse to meet with Mueller.
Then there is the backstory of Rudy Giuliani and rogue New York-based FBI field agents, who conspired to force Comey’s hand into re-opening the investigation into Hillary Clinton days before the election. This book could show a different type of collusion by offering more details. Whatever happens, you can rest assure Trump will have a meltdown during Comey’s book tour after more shoes drop from Mueller.
J.H. Norton is a communications professional, life-long Democrat, and married father of two boys living in Washington, D.C.