The Trump administration is suing Bolton over the book dispute

The Trump administration is suing Bolton over the book dispute

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, DC, alleges that Bolton’s 500-page manuscript was “full of classified information,” and prosecutors say Bolton withdrew from the White House book review process that lasted because of his book required to do so. as a result of the agreement he signed.

“(Bolton) has negotiated with the United States as a condition of his employment in one of the most sensitive and important positions in national security in the United States Government and now wants to renew that agreement unilaterally by deciding that the pre-release review process is complete and whether secret data to be public, ”prosecutors write.

The lawsuit is the White House’s latest attempt against Bolton after months of a shift between the National Security Council and Bolton’s representatives over whether the book contains classified information. Simon & Schuster previously announced that Bolton’s book “In the Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” will be published on June 23rd.

Bolton’s book had already been shipped to warehouses before the scheduled edition. He recorded an interview for ABC which aired on Sunday. And a source close to him says he intends to publish the book as scheduled on Tuesday, meaning he expects to address any management consequences later, not sooner.

Trump was increasingly annoyed by the idea that his former national security adviser would publish a book on uncertainty, several sources said. Staff said they wanted to stop its publication and were privately considering suing him to stop it, a tactic the president relied on before when former officials or people close to him wrote books he thought would be unfavorable. He has a history of filing lawsuits which he later dismisses.

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Trump wrongly claimed Monday that any conversations with him were classified and hinted at possible legal action.

“They are in court or will be in court soon,” Trump said. “But he realizes he hasn’t completed the process or somewhere nearby.

Trump said Bolton will have “criminal problems” if the book is published as it is. Initially, Attorney General William Barr did not confirm that his department was preparing a lawsuit, but said management was focused on getting Bolton to complete the book issuance verification process.

“People who come to work in government and have access to sensitive information usually sign a contract that says that when they leave government, if they write something they refer to or could reflect some of the information they have access to, they must go through a vetting process before they can publish a book.” said Barr on Monday. “We don’t think Bolton went through that process, that he didn’t complete it.”

This is a groundbreaking story and will be updated.

CNN’s Kylie Atwood and Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.

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