During the publication of John Bolton’s memoirs telling all about his time in the Trump administration, the Justice Department tried to thwart the post-White House project of the former national security adviser.
Came first lawsuit Before the book was published in an effort to prevent it from appearing, an attempt that was unsuccessful when a federal judge rejected the effort because copies had already been distributed. Then came the department’s separate request to compel Bolton to waive the $ 2 million upfront, the possibility of a federal judge leaving himself open in June. right Now , Wall Street Journal And New York Times The report that the Ministry of Justice opened a criminal investigation with the former cabinet member to determine whether he had illegally disclosed classified information in his memoirs. Indeed, the department reportedly convened a grand jury and issued subpoenas to the Bolton House agent and publisher of records of communications with the author.
In April, the book – who he claims Trump asked President Xi to intervene in the 2020 elections and said the reporters should be “executed” – approved in a process in which the National Security Council makes public any classified information in the manuscript. But at Bolton Requested For final approval, he received no response from the top official on the National Security Council for pre-release review. While Bolton and publisher Simon & Schuster considered it a green light, a political appointee who had not conducted a pre-publication review read the manuscript again in May, and found several bits of classified information in that second process without notifying the author.
Like New York Times He notes, there was some opposition within the Justice Department over the decision: “Lawyers for the National Security Council and the Department of Justice expressed reservations about opening a criminal case, in part because Mr. Trump’s public statements made it seem like an outright political act, according to two officials who have seen Discussions. ” Those public statements include Trump Connection Bolton’s “The Washed Creeper” and “The Low Life Who Should Be In Prison”.