What is James Comey's net worth, why was he fired by Donald Trump and who's his wife?

Here's the lowdown on James Comey who authored a memoir titled 'A Higher Loyalty' earlier this year.

What does James Comey say in his new book?

Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty, out next Tuesday, is published 11 months after he was fired by Trump.

Comey’s dismissal triggered the appointment of Robert Mueller to oversee the investigation into Russian election meddling

Under-fire Trump has long denied any collusion and has called the high-profile investigation a “witch-hunt”.

In Comey’s memoirs, obtained by the Guardian, the former FBI chief describes his first trip to Trump Tower in January 2017.

He was called in to brief the then president-elect about the so-called dirty dossier on his links to Russia compiled by the former British spy Christopher Steele.

Towering 6ft 6ins Comey writes Trump “appeared shorter than he seemed on a debate stage with Hillary Clinton”.

He adds: “His face appeared slightly orange, with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assume he placed small tanning goggles."

Comey also mentions Trump's "impressively coiffed, bright blond hair."

He reportedly writes: "I remember wondering how long it must take him in the morning to get that done.”

Comey, who likens Trump’s presidency to a “forest fire”, repeatedly in the 304-page book also paints Trump as a mafia-style boss.

What has the President said about Comey?

Donald Trump labelled Comey a "leaker & liar" in response to the former FBI director's claims in his upcoming book.

According to A Higher Loyalty, the President wanted Comey to help him prove to the First Lady that he hadn’t paid Russian hookers to urinate on a hotel bed.

Trump tweeted: "James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR.

"Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired.

"He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted.

"He lied to Congress under OATH. He is a weak and….untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI."

What is his net worth?

When Barack Obama nominated him as FBI director in 2013, Comey disclosed his net worth as more than £8 million in documents filed with the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation process.

That figure came from a £2.5 million payout he was slated to receive from Bridgewater Associates, the hedge fund he worked for at the time as general counsel.

According to the Centre for Responsive Politics, Comey earned about $6 million during his last year at Bridgewater.

The £8 million figure also included a £2.5 million valuation for the house he shared with his wife and family in Westport, Connecticut, which sold for £2 million last year.

Why did Donald Trump fire James Comey?

Donald Trump has fired FBI director James Comey who was investigating alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The administration says Comey was sacked over his handling of the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's emails.

In a letter to Mr Comey, Mr Trump said the firing was necessary to restore "public trust and confidence" in the FBI.

But the sudden sacking of the nation's most senior law enforcement official outraged Democrats who said the White House was interfering in the inquiry into links with Russia.

Under Comey's leadership, the FBI concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin had approved a multi-faceted campaign to tilt the vote in Trump's favour, according to reports.

Trump's decision to fire the FBI director is virtually unprecedented, only one director has previously been fired in the bureau's century-long history.

In a letter circulated by the White House, Trump told Comey: "You are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately.

"It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission."

Trump also used the letter to try to distance himself from the ever-deepening scandal over Russia's involvement in the election.

The White House said the search for a new FBI director was to begin right away.

FBI directors are appointed for a single 10-year term. The 56-year-old Comey, who is popular among rank-and-file agents, was appointed four years ago.

What did Comey say in his goodbye letter?

The former FBI chief in a letter to colleagues and friends refused to be drawn on the circumstances of his sacking.

“I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all," he wrote.

"I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed.

"I hope you won't either. It is done and I will be fine."

The former lawyer, appointed by Barack Obama in September 2013, praised the FBI's work.

He added: "I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence."


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