Martha Stewart didn’t go to jail because of insider trader — but because she couldn’t bring herself to confess to the FBI she had done so!
That’s just one of the explosive revelations contained in a tell-all autobiography from ousted FBI chief James Comey that is not due to hit book stands until April 17 but which has been obtained exclusively ahead of publication by RadarOnline.com!
In the book, called “A Higher Loyalty,” Comey describes how he learned, as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Stewart had lied about her reasons for having dumped ImClone stock.
“It was far from an open-and-shut case,” Comey wrote, “particularly if it involved a jury and a sympathetic character in America’s most beloved TV hostess.
“Everyone had learned something from her. I once had personally pushed basil leaves under the skin of a Thanksgiving turkey, at Martha Stewart’s suggestion. “Why go to the trouble? Who cared.”
But then Comey writes, “But the case was no longer marginal when one afternoon the lead investigating Assistant U.S. Attorney barged into my big office…
“With a broad smile and both arms extended above his head as if signaling a touchdown, he told me he’d gotten the goods.
“The final piece,” Comey continued, “had come, unexpectedly, from Martha Stewart’s best friend, Mariana Pasternak.
“Just days after the alleged coincidental stock sale, the two were sitting on a hotel balcony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, enjoying a New Year’s vacation drink.
“As they chatted, gazing out at the jewel-like Pacific, Pasternak told investigators, Stewart said she was worried about Sam Waksal.
“Stwart explained that she had sold all her stock in ImClone because she learned through her broker that Waksal had. She added, ‘Isn’t it nice to have brokers who tell you such things?’”
Waksal, of course, was the founder and CEO of ImClone.
“In other words,” Comey concluded. “Martha Stewart had told us a whopper, and now we could prove it well beyond any reasonable doubt.
“Ugh. The lie she had told was so unnecessary. She could have offered to repay the fifty thousand dollars she had saved, chump change to her, expressed remorse, and vowed never to trade on insider information again.
“Instead she engaged in an elaborate deception and then involved others to try to cover her tracks.”
Stewart would go on to serve five months in prison after a six-week trial that ended with her felony conviction on multiple charges.
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