Former FBI director Comey signs '$2m' book deal

Former FBI director Comey signs '$2m' book deal

Former FBI director James Comey has signed a book deal with Macmillan’s Flatiron Books in the US, worth a reported $2m (£1.51m).

His as-yet-untitled book on "leadership and decision making" will be published in the US in Spring 2018. The title will also discuss Comey's handling of the FBI's probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, a move Clinton said may have cost her the election. A UK publisher for the title has not yet been announced. Pan Macmillan has confirmed it will not be publishing the title in the UK.

According to Associated Press, several US publishers bid for the book and the auction topped $2m.

Comey was fired from his role as FBI director by President Donald Trump in May this year following an FBI investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government.

Flatiron publisher and president Bob Miller said in a statement: "Throughout his career, James Comey has had to face one difficult decision after another as he has served the leaders of our country. His book promises to take us inside those extraordinary moments in our history, showing us how these leaders have behaved under pressure. By doing so, Director Comey will give us unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in leadership itself."

Comey was appointed to the position of FBI Director by President Barack Obama in 2013, after having served as deputy attorney general under the George W Bush administration and as a US attorney general for the Southern District of New York.