Former FBI Director James Comey took aim at President Donald Trump as he unveiled the title of his upcoming tell-all book Thursday.
Comey’s book will be titled, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” according to Axios.
The term “loyalty” appears to be a direct reference to Trump demanding Comey pledge “loyalty” to him before ultimately firing the FBI director.
“Lordy I hope there are pictures,” Comey tweeted, referring to his now infamous line at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in June.
Lordy I hope there are pictures. https://t.co/7mkLLskVu8
— Reinhold Niebuhr (@FormerBu) November 2, 2017
“Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Comey told the committee when asked about President Donald Trump’s threat to release “tapes” of their conversations.
“Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted after firing him.
Comey told the committee that Trump told him at a private dinner in January, “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.”
Comey wrote in his testimony that the dinner was “an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship. That concerned me greatly, given the FBI’s traditionally independent status in the executive branch.”
Towards the end of the “awkward” dinner, Trump again brought up the subject of loyalty.
“You will always get honesty from me,” Comey replied.
He also described another encounter, when Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and adviser Jared Kushner to leave the room.
“I want to talk about Mike Flynn,” Trump told Comey. “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Comey replied only that “he is a good guy.”
Comey said that he perceived what the president said as asking him to “drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December.”
He called the conversation “very concerning, given the FBI’s role as an independent investigative agency.’’
Trump also prodded Comey to “lift the cloud” after the salacious Trump-Russia dossier was released.
“He asked what we could do to ‘lift the cloud.’ I responded that we were investigating the matter as quickly as we could, and that there would be great benefit, if we didn’t find anything, to our having done the work well. He agreed, but then re-emphasized the problems this was causing him,” Comey wrote.
Trump called Comey in April and again asked him to publicly say that he was not personally under investigation in the Russia probe. Comey did not comply.
In the months that followed, the Trump Administration attempted to lie about the reasons Comey was fired. A letter from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein blamed the firing on his mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation.
But according to The Washington Post, special counsel Bob Mueller has obtained an intial draft letter Trump wrote, which expressed the president’s frustration with Comey’s refusal to say he was not being investigated publicly.