James Comey loves the limelight.
The former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, famously fired by President Trump for refusing to say publicly that Trump was not the target of an agency probe, is reportedly shopping a book around New York City which some experts estimate could bring him upwards of $10 million.
"Mr. Comey has been meeting with editors and publishers in New York in recent days, and is being represented by Keith Urbahn and Matt Latimer, partners at the literary agency Javelin," The New York Times reports. "The book is expected to go to auction this coming week, and all the major publishing houses have expressed keen interest, Mr. Latimer said."
The Times says "the book will not be a conventional tell-all memoir," but please, it's The Times. The book will no doubt be Comey's way to get even with Trump and present what he considers to be the facts of his firing.
“It’s a book about leadership and his search for truth, informed by lessons and experiences he’s had throughout his career, including his recent experiences in the Trump administration,” said Mr. Latimer, whose agency also represents Tucker Carlson and Donna Brazile. “It will speak to a broader desire in our country for more ethical leadership.”
Comey has sought to remain in the spotlight, despite his departure from the FBI. And he's tried even harder to get even with Trump. Consider this clear summary of Comey's actions, delivered on Sunday by Trump's own lawyer, Jay Sekulow, in an appearance with Jonathan Karl on ABC's This Week.
Let me put this in context. How did this whole situation start? And we tend to lose this fact and we should not.
James Comey takes notes of a conversation, or a series of conversations, he has with the President of the United States. He takes note. He puts them on a government computer in a government vehicle, put them in a government desk. He gets fired by the President of the United States. He was terminated as the FBI director, which James Comey acknowledges the president had the right to do.
James Comey then leaks those documents to a friend of his for the sole purpose of leaking them to "The New York Times," and with the desire to be — and James Comey said this under oath. Let me just finish this, Jon. He said under oath that he hoped to get a special counsel, which he did.
So the special counsel then is based on evidence that was illegally leaked. And that to me raises questions about the whole spectra of what’s going on here.
The Daily Mail, citing an unnamed source, said Comey could pull down $10 million.
"Jim Comey's story has everything, from White House intrigue to possible corruption and law breaking. His explosive story makes 'West Wing' and 'House of Cards' on a par with 'Mister Rogers,'" the source said. "When his proposal hits my desk, I've already been authorized to offer $10 million."
The book could be turned into a movie as well with a prominent movie and TV agent telling DailyMail.com, "I know one top drawer producer who's already talking to stars to cast the Comey role. He has to be tall, good-looking and a Jimmy Stewart–John Wayne–hero type."
"I was mesmerized when I spent the whole day watching Comey testify," the agent added.
So Comey, just like former President Barack Obama, just isn't going to go away any time soon.