CBS Television Studios is completing negotiations for the rights to the memoir published this summer by former FBI director James Comey. “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” is a bestseller and will now be adapted into a miniseries for the network. It will air on one of the various platforms managed by CBS, including CBS All Access and Showtime. The series is expected to be executive produced by Alex Kurtzman, Billy Ray, Shane Salerno and Heather Kadin.

Comey went to Los Angeles to meeting with various media buyers at Creative Artists Agency, according to Hollywood Dateline. Comey concluded the deal with CAA and The Story Factory, along with his literary agent, Javelin. 

The series will be written by Billy Ray, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work on “Captain Phillips” of 2013, which recounted the true story of the hijacking of an American-flag merchant ship by Somali pirates. Ray has a history of adapting true stories for the screen. Besides “Captain Phillips,” he wrote the script for “Shattered Glass” and “Breach.” 

Comey was fired by President Donald Trump soon after the president took office. In his memoir, Comey writes that the president was frustrated over the FBI’s apparent unwillingness to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while she served as then-President Barack Obama’s secretary of state. The handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s tenure, and supposed collusion on the part of the Trump campaign with Russia, has been the focus of partisan debate ever since the 2016 election.

On Monday, President Trump ordered the release of cellphone texts and documents that had been classified. They were released after multiple requests by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), and entail communications between disgraced FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who revealed anti-Trump bias and strategic leaks to the press. Strzok had a hand in the Obama administration’s request before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court to allow the government to snoop on communications by Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. 


According to CBS, Page said that the release of the documents is stp towards “restoring rule of law in this great country." He later told Sean Hannity on Fox News that he is concerned about the “all the damage that this did to our the U.S. government...the mockery it made out of the Constitution, all of the wrongdoing that was done by various officials at Department of Justice, the FBI and DNC."

Republicans have asserted the material may show that the famed “dossier” -- which was assembled by a former British spy for the Hillary Clinton campaign -- played a decisive role in obtaining the surveillance warrants by the Obama administration from the FISA court. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said on Tuesday on Fox News that "what will be disclosed is that there was no basis for these FISA Warrants, that the important information was kept from the court, there's going to be a disproportionate influence of the dossier. Basically you have a counter terrorism tool used to spy on a presidential campaign, which is unprecedented in our history." President Trump noted King’s remark and tweeted: "Really bad things were happening, but they are now being exposed. Big stuff!" 
 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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