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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 Comey'Fox News Sunday' to mark 25 years on air Showtime developing limited series about Jan. 6 Capitol riot Wray says FBI not systemically racist 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 TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney 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 SessionsEx-Sen. Doug Jones joins law and lobbying firm Arent Fox Former Barr spokesperson at DOJ hired to be Fox News Washington editor Biden should call for Article I immigration courts MORE and his deputy Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinProtect the police or the First Amendment? Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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.