Showtime miniseries to feature Jeff Daniels as Comey, Brendan Gleeson as Trump

Showtime miniseries to feature Jeff Daniels as Comey, Brendan Gleeson as Trump
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"Dumb & Dumber" and "The Newsroom" star Jeff Daniels will portray James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE in an upcoming miniseries based on the 2018 best-selling book by the former FBI director that will also feature Irish actor Brendan Gleeson as President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE, Showtime announced.

The series, titled "The Comey Rule," comes more than three years since Comey was fired by Trump in May 2017, which expedited the creation of a special counsel investigation into possible Russian collusion with the president's campaign leading up to the 2016 election. The 22-month investigation resulted in former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's team concluding it found insufficient evidence of any criminal wrongdoing.

The premium cable channel characterizes the new series as "an immersive, behind-the-headlines account of the historically turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath." It is set to air after Election Day in late November.


Showtime adds that the offering will be "the story of two powerful figures, Comey and Trump, whose strikingly different personalities, ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course."

The channel says the first part of the series will delve into the FBI's investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE's emails from her time as secretary of State.

In July 2016, Comey described her actions as "extremely careless" in the handling "of very sensitive, highly classified information" but said no charges were being pressed, leading to widespread criticism from conservatives.

The investigation was reopened in October of that year, just days before the election, after classified emails were found on the laptop of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), the husband of top Clinton adviser Huma Abedin. The investigation was dropped before Election Day, with Democrats crying foul over its validity and timing.

Part two will be a detailed account of the relationship between Comey and Trump in the first five months of the his presidency, Showtime said.

Holly Hunter will also play then-acting Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesSally Yates: I never thought that I'd be saying, 'Yeah, go Liz Cheney' ABC lands first one-on-one TV interview with Garland since confirmation Appointing a credible, non-partisan Jan. 6 commission should not be difficult MORE, Michael Kelly will appear as former FBI director and current CNN contributor Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeAndrew McCabe says Nassar case represents 'worst dereliction of duty' he's seen at FBI Capitol Police warning of potential for violence during rally backing rioters: report McCabe says law enforcement should take upcoming right-wing rally 'very seriously' MORE, and Kingsley Ben-Adir will portray former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaA simple fix can bring revolutionary change to health spending US and UK see eye to eye on ending illegal wildlife trade Top nuclear policy appointee removed from Pentagon post: report MORE.

--This report was updated at 9:50 a.m.