The firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe – and the tongue-lashing doled out by President Trump to McCabe and his former boss James Comey – sent Comey’s forthcoming tome to the top of the best-seller list.
Comey’s book, titled ‘A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,’ won’t hit bookshelves until April 17, but got bumped to Amazon’s No. 1 slot from No. 15 by Sunday evening.
The former FBI director was back in the news because of Friday’s shock firing of his former deputy, at the hands of Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Former FBI Director James Comey’s forthcoming book shot to the top of the Amazon best-seller list over the weekend as he was being attacked by President Trump, who was happily tweeting about Comey’s deputy being fired a day before he was set to retire
President Trump (left) celebrated the firing of the FBI’s former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (right), using Twitter to lash out at McCabe and his former boss, fired FBI Director James Comey
McCabe was a little more than 24 hours away from turning 50, which means he was eligible to retire – which he planned to do – and able to take his whole government pension.
James Comey’s book, ‘A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership’ isn’t set to come out until April 17, but is already topping the best-seller list
Instead, McCabe found his ouster being celebrated on Twitter by the president of the United States.
‘Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy,’ Trump said in a tweet he sent out in the early minutes of Saturday morning.
Then Trump brought Comey into it.
‘Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy,’ the president added. ‘He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!’
The president continued his assault on McCabe and Comey throughout the weekend.
‘The Fake News is beside themselves that McCabe was caught, called out and fired,’ Trump said Saturday. ‘How many hundreds of thousands of dollars was given to wife’s campaign by Crooked H friend, Terry M, who was also under investigation?’
Trump was referring to a political donation given to McCabe’s wife when she was running for office by a political action committee associated with ex-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close friend and political ally to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
‘How many lies? How many leaks? Comey knew it all, and much more!’ Trump also said.
A weekend tweet from James Comey was one-part defense and one-part book promotion, as the ex-FBI director indicated ‘the American people will hear my story very soon’
The president also suggested that Comey had lied under oath when he told Sen. Chuck Grassley in May of 2017, before his firing at the hands of Trump, that he had never been an anonymous source in a news report, nor did he green-light other FBI officials to talk to reporters anonymously.
McCabe was fired at the recommendation of the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility after the Justice Department’s inspector general concluded that the official hadn’t been forthcoming about his decision to allow FBI officials to speak to a reporter about the Hillary Clinton investigation.
In a statement, McCabe said Comey was aware of his decision to have two FBI officials speak with a Wall Street Journal reporter.
McCabe also argued that it was a pretty standard part of his job to green-light conversations with the media.
Overall, McCabe said he was fired because he knew too much about Comey’s firing.
‘Here is the reality: I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey,’ McCabe’s statement read. ‘The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President.’
Comey had said his own firing was because the president wanted to see the end of the Russia probe, though instead it prompted the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
After testifying before Congress in June, Comey has laid low, making news occasionally by sending out a tweet.
His tweet this weekend was one-part defense, one-part book promotion.
‘Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and how is not,’ Comey wrote Saturday.
By Sunday Comey’s book had spiked to the top of Amazon’s list.
By Monday, however, it was sitting at a respectable No. 2.
It was eclipsed by the satirical version of Vice President Mike Pence’s daughter’s new book about the family’s rabbit Marlon Bundo.
This version, ‘A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,’ was produced by HBO’s Last Week Tonight host, comedian John Oliver, and features a bunny with an identical name to the Pence family rabbit, only this Marlon Bundo is gay.