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 ComeyDem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction Mueller's done, and Dems should be too — because Trump is no Nixon Time for Democrats to accept reality 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 TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction 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 SessionsTrump: Some statements about him in Mueller report are 'total bulls---' Colbert hits Trump after Mueller report: Innocent people don't say 'I'm f---ed' The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? MORE and his deputy Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinNew normal: A president can freely interfere with investigations without going to jail Ex-federal prosecutor: Mueller report offers 'knock down case for obstruction' for anyone but Trump Elijah Cummings: 'I am begging the American people to pay attention to what's going on' 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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.