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 Comey3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Barr predicts progressive prosecutors will lead to 'more crime, more victims' James Comey shows our criminal justice system works as intended 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 Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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 SessionsDOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE and his deputy Rod RosensteinRod Rosenstein10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Why the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing 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 MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony 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.