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James Comey gets jokey on book release: 'Lordy, this time there will be a tape'

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Former FBI Director James Comey joked on Twitter about the upcoming release of his memoir, saying, "Lordy, this time there will be a tape. Audio book almost finished." (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Former FBI Director James Comey teased the release of his forthcoming book Tuesday, taking to social media to share a behind-the-scenes image of him recording the audio version of the memoir and a joke.

"Lordy, this time there will be a tape. Audio book almost finished," Comey wrote on Twitter.

The tweet references an earlier statement Comey made during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in June about how he hoped President Trump had recorded their conversations in the lead-up to his dismissal in May.

"I've seen the tweet about tapes — Lordy, I hope there are tapes," Comey told the panel.

Comey indicated that he wanted "tapes" to corroborate his claim that Trump asked him to drop a criminal investigation into Mike Flynn, the former White House national security adviser who left his post after lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with a Russian diplomat.

Comey's highly anticipated memoir, "A Higher Loyalty," is due to be released April 17.

The publication date was moved up from May 1 because of interest generated by the "intense scrutiny" the FBI is now under from Trump and congressional Republicans, Comey's publisher, Flatiron Books, said earlier this month.

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos landed Comey's first major network TV interview since he was fired by Trump last year.

Comey is expected to "explore what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions" in the book, according to Flatiron.