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Look for fired FBI Director James Comey to come out hot on the book tour that begins 30 days from now for "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership," out April 17 from Flatiron Books.

We're told: Comey has been quiet for nearly a year — fired by President Trump on May 9, precipitating the appointment of special counsel Bob Mueller eight days later. He has heard a lot of lies and misstatements about the FBI that he intends to correct. He didn’t want to be in this position, but is embracing it.

  • There'll be more announcements about his book tour soon, but he’s eager to go to where his critics are and take them on.
  • He has seen three presidents up close (George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump), and will compare and contrast the first two he served to the third.
  • As you can guess, what he says is going to rattle a lot of china. 

I'll interview Comey at his sole Washington appearance on the tour — on April 30 at 7 p.m. (Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW), at an event presented jointly by Politics and Prose Bookstore and Axios.

  • Comey's blitz: See a list of Comey's three announced network TV sit-downs, and his 11 in-person appearances, from Seattle to Kansas City to Miami.
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