- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 18, 2018

It won’t be out for a month, but it’s already a best-seller.

James Comey’s “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” was the No. 2 book on Amazon’s best-seller charts Sunday morning, despite its not being available until April 17. The book also was in the Top 5 at Barnes & Noble’s pre-sales.

And Mr. Comey can likely thank President Trump for the surge in the book’s popularity over the past day.

According to CNN, the book was only No. 15 on Saturday — still high for a book only available now as a pre-order. But then Mr. Trump and Mr. Comey got into a Saturday Twitter spat and sales took off.

On Saturday, Mr. Trump, celebrating the Friday firing of Andrew McCabe as deputy FBI director, took at shot at Mr. Comey, whom he also fired in May. The president called Mr. Comey “sanctimonious” and complicit in “corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!”

That prompted Mr. Comey to tweet a few hours later that “Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.”

The book had been available as a pre-order for months, but after Saturday afternoon’s exchange, interest in Mr. Comey and his book went viral. By Sunday afternoon, the Comey tweet had been shared more than 112,000 times and liked by nearly 380,000 users.

• Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com.

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