Former FBI director James Comey’s book A Higher Loyalty is the most hotly anticipated political book of the year.  Join us at Waterstones Piccadilly in London on Tuesday 17th April for an exclusive panel event hosted by Emily Maitlis with Jonathan Freedland, Anne McElvoy and Clodagh Harrington. Limited tickets, which include a copy of the book, are available to buy now. 

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Why did James Comey speak publicly about the FBI’s investigation of Hilary Clinton’s emails during an election campaign? Why did President Trump fire James Comey and his deputy Andrew McCabe? What does Comey have to say about Trump’s leadership? What has special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation revealed so far about alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign? What does this all mean for the future of US democracy, rule of law and the FBI?

Join Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis—just before she flies to New York to interview James Comey for the BBC—as she chairs a panel discussing these questions with veteran political commentators Jonathan Freedland (The Guardian, BBC Radio 4) and Anne McElvoy (The Economist, London Evening Standard, BBC). Completing the panel is Clodagh Harrington, Associate Professor of American Politics at De Montfort University, Leicester and chair of the (PSA) American Politics Group, whose research examines the impact of the Trump presidency.

James Comey served as Director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama.  He previously served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the United States Deputy Attorney General in the administration of President George W. Bush. From prosecuting the mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change Bush administration policies on torture and electronic surveillance, overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe and investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history. 

In A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, James Comey explores what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. Using examples from some of the highest-stakes situations in the past two decades of American government, Comey has shared yet-unheard anecdotes from his long and distinguished career.

Emily Maitlis said: “I covered the extraordinary 2016 US election for the BBC, and James Comey - former director of the FBI - was possibly the most pivotal figure. He’ll give his first UK broadcast interview to BBC Newsnight this Thursday.”

Jeremy Trevathan, publisher at Pan Macmillan, said: “Former FBI director Comey has been a key figure in America's turbulent political landscape of the last few years and people on both sides of the Atlantic are eager to read what he has to say about these extraordinary times. As anticipation for A Higher Loyalty reaches fever pitch ahead of next week’s publication, we are thrilled to announce this exclusive event at Waterstones Piccadilly on US publication day, where British readers can hear the reaction and expert analysis of some of our leading commentators on American politics. Our US colleagues at Flatiron have printed 575,000 copies already and with anticipation running so high here, we have increased our UK print run to 50,000 copies.”