Joe Hayden a member of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden’s Criminal Defense and Governmental and Internal Investigations Group was quoted in the InsiderNJ.com article, “Comey Book a Double-Edged Sword.” The article examines the potential harm of forthcoming book by former FBI Director James Comey on the work of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is investigating President Donald J. Trump.
“I think Comey’s book is a double-edged sword for Mueller,” Hayden said. “On the one hand, Comey tells a compelling story he has an impressive demeanor, and he has corroboration – but there sure is a downside.”
The downside is that the book doesn’t exactly cast Comey as the classically detached, just-the-facts-ma’am law enforcement source.
“The book deal suggests he has a financial interest,” Hayden said. “Some of the comments, like those about Trump’s hands and his appearance, made him look petty and unprofessional. Certainly I can’t believe Mueller is happy about the book. If he [Comey] testifies, a skilled cross-examiner would be able to ask him, ‘what was the advance for the book deal?’ and ‘how much do you intend to realize from the sale of the book?’ and would try to suggest that he’s trying to monetize the book.”
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