Collins: Comey should have waited to release his memoir

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Overnight Health Care: Johnson & Johnson vaccine safe, effective in FDA analysis | 3-4 million doses coming next week | White House to send out 25 million masks Biden's picks face peril in 50-50 Senate MORE (R-Maine) said on Sunday that former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyJohn Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Trump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report Tina Fey, Amy Poehler to host Golden Globes from separate coasts amid pandemic MORE should have waited to release his highly anticipated memoir due to the ongoing Russia probe. 

"Don't write a book in the middle of an investigation that is ongoing," Collins told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press." 

Collins went on to express concerns that the book could potentially interfere with 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's probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's election meddling. 


"I cannot imagine why an FBI director would seek to essentially cash in on a book when the investigation is very much alive. He should have waited to do his memoir," she said. 

The senator also hit the former intelligence officer on his handling of past investigations and leaking of classified documents. 

"If I were advising a future FBI director, I would say two things. One, always follow the Department of Justice's protocols and guidelines, which unfortunately James Comey did not do with the Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonShelby endorses Shalanda Young for OMB director should Biden pull Tanden's nomination Jennifer Palmieri: 'Ever since I was aware of politics, I wanted to be in politics' Cruz: Wife 'pretty pissed' about leaked Cancun texts MORE investigation, and he did not do when he leaked documents, which were FBI work documents, to a friend of his, knowing that they would go to the press," she said. 

Collins's remarks follow Comey's media blitz promoting his memoir, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership."

Comey has appeared on ABC's "20/20" and "The View," CBS's "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," NBC's "Today," and CNN's "The Lead," among numerous other television and radio appearances.

Comey also appeared at a town hall hosted by The New Yorker on Thursday night, where he told editor David Remnick that he doesn't "crave to be known," while stating President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE has a hunger for affirmation.

He has defended his decisions about the 2016 investigation into Clinton's emails and giving some of his memos to a friend in order to make the contents public, and said his decision to release the book doesn't hurt Mueller's ongoing investigation even if he's called upon to be a witness.

“My testimony is already locked down,” Comey told WTOP. “I gave it under oath to the Senate a year ago. In fact, even before then, it was locked down because I wrote memos about key events and so there really isn’t a serious risk that my story will somehow change. It’s in concrete, frankly, and I’ve offered it to the Senate and to the American people, already.”