The US Department of Justice has filed legal action to prevent former National Security Advisor John Bolton from the publication of a new book about his time in the White House.
According to the complaint, the book contains “classified information”.
The move comes a day after President Donald Trump said Bolton could face “criminal problems” on release.
The book, titled The Piece Where It Passed, is due to be released on June 23.
“I will review every conversation with me as a highly classified president,” Mr. Trump told reporters on Monday. “So that would mean that if he wrote a book and if the book comes out, he is breaking the law and I think he would be a problem criminal. ”
The non-American Civil Liberties Union, however, said that “any Trump administration efforts to stop John Bolton’s book from being published are doomed to failure.”
Mr. Bolton’s attorney, Charles Cooper, said they were looking through the lawsuit and “will respond in due course”.
In January, the White House said the book contained “top secret” details that should be deleted, although Mr. Bolton rejected this.
However, requests would be contained in the manuscript – including that of Mr. Trump withheld military aid under pressure, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to start an investigation into the presidential hopeful Democratic corruption Joe Biden and his son Hunter – formed of a central part of the president’s dismissal trial earlier this year.
The president denied the reports and Mr. Trump was acquitted after two weeks of trial in the Senate Republican majority, which does not include all witnesses.
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Bolton joined the White House in April 2018 and left in September of the following year, saying he had decided to leave the national security adviser. Trump’s president, however, said he shot Mr. Bolton because he “strongly” disagreed with him.