Posted on January 8, 2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Simon & Schuster announced yesterday that it will no longer be publishing an upcoming book by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley.

The publisher cited Hawley’s role in the Wednesday terror attack on the US Capitol and its “larger public responsibility as citizens” as reasons for canceling the contract for The Tyranny of Big Tech.

Hawley, for his part, released a statement on Twitter that condemned the decision and threatened legal action.

In it, he argued that he was representing his constituents by objecting to the 2020 election results and that Simon & Schuster was violating the First Amendment principle of free speech.

You can read more from each party on NPR’s website or at the New York Times, which also looks back at other recently canceled publishing deals that became controversial.

In addition, NPR has a review of James Comey's upcoming book that leads into a broader conversation about a wave Donald Trump-related books, both confirmed and potential ones.

Comey’s Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency and Trust, which comes out Tuesday, is a sequel to 2018’s A Higher Loyalty, inspired by how its author was fired as director of the FBI under Trump.

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