ABC's Stephanopoulos to interview Comey in April

ABC's Stephanopoulos to interview Comey in April
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Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyAttorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice Christopher Steele's nugget of fool's gold was easily disproven — but FBI didn't blink an eye Clash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash MORE will sit down for an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos ahead of the release of his highly anticipated book.

The interview will be Comey's first with a media outlet since his abrupt firing by President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE in May. Comey and Stephanopoulos both confirmed the upcoming interview on Twitter. 

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According to BuzzFeed News, the interview is set for mid-April, shortly before the release of Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty," which is due out April 17. 

The book was initially set to be released May 1, but its publisher, Flatiron Books, moved up the date amid heightened public attention surrounding the FBI and Trump's attacks on the agency. 

Comey was ousted in May at what was ostensibly the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsJeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general House Democrats leave empty chair for McGahn at hearing MSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump MORE and his deputy Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinJake Tapper fact-checks poster Trump admin created describing Mueller investigation Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller MORE.

But Trump later acknowledged that he had decided to fire Comey regardless of the recommendations, and that he had thought of the FBI's investigation into Russia's election meddling as part of his decision.

Since then, Comey has said 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. 

Comey's ouster from the FBI laid the stage for Rosenstein to appoint special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerHouse progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna: 'I'm not there yet' on impeachment MORE to lead the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign conspired with Moscow to disrupt and influence the race.