Jerry Oppenheimer covered the Justice Department and the FBI for the Washington Star. A New York Times bestselling author, his latest book, The Kardashians: An American Drama, will be published in September.

When California Senator Kamala Harris thanked fired FBI director James Comey for testifying as a ‘private citizen’ in the Senate intelligence hearing into Russian interference yesterday, his response was, ‘I’m between opportunities right now.’

It was a joking reference to being out of work since Presidential Trump told him, ‘You’re fired!’.

When Harris responded, ‘I’m sure you’ll have decent opportunities [in the future’], she didn’t know how right she was.

Why is this man smiling? Comey's going to have the biggest D.C. golden parachute ever, says one literary agent

Why is this man smiling? Comey’s going to have the biggest D.C. golden parachute ever, says one literary agent

If the publishing world has anything to say about it,  the nation’s ex-top cop, 56,  will be a multimillionaire ten times over from the book deal major publishers are offering to pay up front for his memoir – a whopping $10 million, can reveal.

It’s a sum right up there with the kind of advances paid to the Clintons – although maybe not a high as the Obamas – and the kind of royalty money generated by Comey’s nemesis Donald Trump’s many books.

‘Jim Comey’s story has everything, from White House intrigue to possible corruption and law breaking. His explosive story makes ‘West Wing’ and ‘House of Cards’ on a par with Mister Rogers,’ an acquisition editor for a major New York publishing house told

‘When his proposal hits my desk, I’ve already been authorized to offer $10 million.’

Not only that, but the publisher of another key player in the book world revealed that major Hollywood producers are already lining up to make the torn-from-the-headlines blockbuster movie about Comey’s life and his attempt to unseat the president.

A prominent movie-TV agent told ‘I know one top drawer producer who’s already talking to stars to cast the Comey role. He has to be tall, good-looking and a Jimmy Stewart-John Wayne-hero type. I was mesmerized when I spent the whole day watching Comey testify.

‘Comey could expect a movie deal tied into the book worth many millions of dollars more, tens of millions.’

The Washington Post called Comey’s testimony a ‘performance of a lifetime – Classic G-man and aggrieved victim.’ And a New York Times headline billed Comey as, ‘Hero, Villain and Shakespearean Character…’

Comey’s seven-page testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee was released late Wednesday, just hours before his appearance. ‘When that document hit my desk I thought, ‘I want his book.,’ said another top editor whose been involved in some of the biggest New York Times nonfiction bestsellers.