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Comey: Kelly threatened to quit over my firing

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John Kelly threatened to resign out of disapproval of ex-FBI Director James Comey’s firing, according to excerpts from Comey’s upcoming book.

Comey writes that after Trump fired him last May, he received an “emotional call” from Kelly, who at the time was the Homeland Security secretary. 

Kelly told the newly ousted Comey that he intended to “quit in protest” because he “didn’t want to work for dishonorable people who would treat someone like [Comey] in such a manner,” according to book excerpts obtained by ABC News.

{mosads}Comey writes that he advised Kelly against quitting, saying “the country needed principled people around this president.”

Kelly was hired a couple months later as Trump’s chief of staff. He has frequently butted heads with the president in that role.

Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” is due out Tuesday.

He is scheduled for a series of television appearances to promote the book. His first interview since he was fired will air Sunday night on ABC.

Comey’s ouster from the FBI sparked the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Since his firing, Comey has testified to Congress that Trump once asked him for a loyalty pledge and encouraged him to drop the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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