Collins: Comey should have waited to release his memoir

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback The Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World Overnight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal MORE (R-Maine) said on Sunday that former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyDems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell Dem calls for Cohen to testify before Senate panel over explosive report The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Day 27 of the shutdown | Cohen reportedly paid company to rig online polls, boost his own image | Atlantic publishes ‘Impeach Donald Trump’ cover story 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 ClintonConservatives pound BuzzFeed, media over Cohen report BuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president Trump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier 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 John TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ 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.”