Publisher moves up release of former CIA chief Hayden’s book
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Penguin Random House is moving up the release date of former CIA Director Michael Hayden's upcoming book, amid heightened interest in the investigation into Russian efforts to meddle in U.S. elections. 

Hayden's book, "The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies," is set for release on May 1, according to Politico

The book focuses on current threats to U.S. intelligence, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE's own attacks on intelligence agencies and his skepticism of their assessment that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. 

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Flatiron books similarly announced earlier this month that it would move up the release date of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGraham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over GOP votes to give chairman authority to subpoena Obama officials GOP chairmen stake out turf in Obama-era probes MORE's memoir to April 17.

The decision to move up the release date of Hayden's book came days after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE, who is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election, unsealed indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies for their role in a plot of sow chaos and deepen political divisions in the U.S. during the presidential race.

Top U.S. intelligence officials also warned this month that Russia is poised to similarly meddle in the 2018 midterm elections.

Hayden, a retired Air Force general, previously served as the Director of National Intelligence under former President George W. Bush and the director of the CIA under former President Obama.