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The Comey Rule

The Comey Rule

Photo Credit:  Ben Mark Holzberg/Showtime
  • Premiered: 
    September 27, 2020
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  • Network: Showtime
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 2018 book (A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership) by James Comedy 
  • Subject Matter: Political
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Plot Synopsis

Based on Jim Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty," THE COMEY RULE is a two-night, four-hour drama series that explores the turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath. THE COMEY RULE takes viewers into the corridors of power, where decision-makers struggle to apply old norms to a dramatic new paradigm in the face of Russia's deep and unprecedented penetration into American politics -- with our nation's rule of law hanging in the balance. Each character's actions in these historic months made the careers of some, destroyed the careers of others, and helped shape the incendiary political landscape in America today. THE COMEY RULE premieres at 9pm ET/PT on Showtime on consecutive nights: Sunday, September 27 and Monday, September 28, 2020.

Night One (Sunday, September 27, 2020 from 9-10:45pm): James Comey interviews with President Obama and gets the job of a lifetime, Director of the FBI. But two years into his tenure, the Bureau is plunged into two hugely controversial cases: "Midyear Exam," the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails while serving as Secretary of State, and "Crossfire Hurricane," an investigation into Russia's ongoing attempts to derail the Presidential Election of 2016. Comey's decisions on those two cases alter both his place in history and history itself, because of their potential impact on Election Night 2016, when Donald Trump stunned the world and was elected president.

Night Two (Monday, September 28, 2020 from 9-11pm): Comey awakens on November 9, 2016, now known nationally as "the man who got Trump elected." With that hanging over him, he now must try to find a way to work with the new President. Part 2 is a virtual day-by-day account of the tempestuous relationship between the duo and the intense and chaotic first months of the Trump presidency -- where allies became enemies, enemies became friends and truth depended on what side you were on. The Comey-Trump relationship grows more complicated when it becomes clear that Trump wants to use Comey, the Bureau, and the Department of Justice for his own political aims -- forcing these two men on a collision course whose result is as inevitable as it is tragic.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by CBS Television Studios
  • In association with Home Run Productions
  • In association with The Story Factory
  • In association with Secret Hideout