The newspaper reported that two people familiar with the case said that Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe referred the matter to the Justice Department last month. A person familiar with the case told the newspaper that this step prompted the head of the ministry’s National Security Division to open a criminal investigation.
Bolton, who served for a time as national security advisor to President Donald Trump, said he complied with all the revisions requested by the White House.
Attorney General William Barr declined to comment on the matter when CNN asked him about it on Tuesday.
Bolton’s diaries provide a compelling picture of the Trump White House. He wrote that the president only sincerely cares about his re-election and asked the leaders of Ukraine and China to help him win in November. Bolton also said that Trump is unaware of fundamental foreign policy issues and that he is obsessed with shaping media coverage of his presidency.
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