Judicial Watch announced they have filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) against the Justice Department in order to gain documents related to former FBI Director James Comey’s tell-all book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” according to a CNSNews report.

“James Comey illegally took and then leaked material from his FBI memos in order to get a Special Counsel appointed to target President Trump,” Judicial Watch President Tim Fitton said in a statement.

“And so now Judicial Watch is asking questions about whether James Comey is getting special treatment from the FBI to use these ill-gotten FBI documents in his book,” Fitton continued.

Before publication can occur, former FBI officials are required to submit their book manuscripts for official review. However, it was reported that Comey received an advance for his book, totaling over $2 million.

Judicial Watch is requesting the following material from the FOIA lawsuit.

“All records of communications between the FBI and former FBI director James Comey relating to an upcoming book to be authored by Mr. Comey and published.

“All records, including but not limited to forms completed by former FBI director James Comey, relating to the requirement for prepublication review by the FBI of any book to be authored by Comey with the intent to be published or otherwise publicly available.”

In a press statement released on Apr. 17, Judicial Watch pointed out that Comey admitted during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos to leaking his memos to the media to initiate an investigation of President Trump by a special prosecutor.

“Look, it’s true,” said Comey, “I gave that unclassified memo to my (friend), who was also acting as my lawyer, but this wasn’t a lawyer task, and asked him to give it to a reporter.”

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Kate is a staff writer for DC Statesman.