Lanny Davis Book Blaming Comey for Clinton’s Loss Sells 690 Hardcover Copies in First Week

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• February 16, 2018 12:26 pm


Washington, D.C. lawyer and lobbyist Lanny Davis' new book, which argues that then-FBI Director James Comey cost Hillary Clinton the presidency, sold only 690 hard copies in its first week and 701 to date, according to Nielsen BookScan.

The amount does not include any copies that may have been sold electronically. In comparison, Michael Wolff's explosive bestseller Fire and Fury: Inside Trump's White House, sold more than 32,000 hard copies the same week.

Davis, who served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton, argues in The Unmaking of the President 2016 that Comey's Oct. 28, 2016 letter announcing newly discovered emails related to Hillary Clinton's private server was determinative in her defeat.

Hillary Clinton signed copies of the book at a Georgetown party at the home of former Portugal ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley earlier this month. The book was released Feb. 6.

"It’s probably the most depressing book I’ve ever read in my life," Bagley said about the book, according to the Washington Post. "The outcome is devastating. It’s really important. It will be a piece of history. It’s something we need to have."

Davis also promoted the book in multiple media appearances, including one on "Morning Joe" where he claimed that with "simply math" he could prove Clinton would have won the election over Donald Trump with more than 300 electoral votes if not for Comey's letter.

Davis is a longtime Clinton ally who once told her she was "the best person I have met in my long life."