Ex-FBI chief Comey's book sells 600000 in first week: publisher

Former FBI chief James Comey's book "A Higher Loyalty", which details his soured relationship with US President Donald Trump, sold 600,000 copies in its first week, publisher Flatiron Books told AFP on Tuesday. The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director has been on a media blitz, and the title has sold more than 600,000 copies across all formats, according to the New York Times.

Two Capitol Hill sources confirmed to Talking Points Memo that Comey had retained Fitzgerald, though it was not immediately clear in what capacity he made the hire.

Fired FBI Director James Comey has reportedly added a longtime friend with one heck of a resume in former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to his legal team.

Comey's firing by Trump a year ago led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Russians and the Trump campaign.

Fitzgerald also served as the special counsel in the investigation into I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, as authorized by Comey, who was deputy attorney general at the time.

Appointed to be the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of IL in September 2001, Fitzgerald prosecuted former IL governors Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan, former Chicago Police Cmdr.

Comey and Fitzgerald have been close friends since the 1980s, when the pair worked together in the Southern District of New York's U.S. Attorney's Office. Jon Burge as well as former Sun-Times owner Conrad Black.

According to those notes, Comey and Trump agreed that those who leaked classified information should be aggressively prosecuted.

Fitzgerald, who has been loath to comment on political matters since shifting to private practice, issued a rare statement after the pardon, saying the "facts have not changed". Comey said he was in favor of "putting a head on a pike as a message". "Someone much shorter than I am".

  • Jon Douglas