"Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency and Trust," the title of James Comey's forthcoming book, is eliciting scoffs from the former FBI director's critics.
The book: Comey's latest work is set for release on Jan. 12, Axios first reported on Wednesday.
- "Saving Justice" follows Comey's 2017 New York Times best-seller, "A Higher Truth," in which he chronicled his relationship with President Donald Trump and compared the president to a mob boss.
- Trump fired Comey in May 2017, and the two men have publicly traded barbs ever since.
The reaction: Comey's detractors reacted on social media by mocking his attempt to position himself as a champion of justice and integrity.
BOOK TITLE CORRECTION:— THE FOLLOWING IS MY OPINION, NOT CONFIRMED FACT (@LoganMarshall) July 22, 2020
SAVING JUSTICE FOR MY CO-CONSPIRATORS
BY JAMES COMEY pic.twitter.com/zcgTIWkJAL
"self-awareness never was your forte," quipped Jessica Fletcher, a social media editor at The Blaze.
He's not getting my money.— Lisa wearing mask (@lisaem5) July 22, 2020
The real Jim Comey? Comey has long faced accusations of playing politics and grandstanding from both the left and the right.
- The president and his supporters have alleged that Comey weaponized the FBI against Trump as part of a politically motivated "witch hunt," which culminated in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
- Comey admitted last December that there "was real sloppiness" in how the Russia probe was conducted.
Meanwhile, a series of Justice Department inspector general reports have confirmed some of Comey's critics' worst suspicions about his conduct as FBI director.
- According to Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Comey violated bureau policy by leaking memos about his conversations with Trump as director, and oversaw widespread misuse of federal surveillance powers, including in the early stages of the FBI investigation of contacts between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russians.
"Former Director Comey failed to live up to this responsibility," Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote in the August 2019 report. "By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees — and the many thousands more former FBI employees — who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information."