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 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 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 TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters 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 SessionsMcCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony Rosenstein defends Mueller appointment, role on surveillance warrants MORE and his deputy Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinGraham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over GOP chairmen stake out turf in Obama-era probes McCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe 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) 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 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.