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Seven days before the scheduled June 23 release of a say-all account for John Bolton’s term as President of Trump National Security Advisor, the Department of Justice late Tuesday mounted a final effort to prevent its publication.
27-page civil lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice against Bolton with the US District court for the District of Columbia alleges that the publication of its 592 pages, The room where he arrivedwould violate the non-disclosure agreements signed by him, and jeopardize national security.
” [The National Security Council] has determined that the manuscript in its current form contains certain passages — some going up to several paragraphs in length, which contain classified national security information, ”the state filing. “In fact, the NSC has determined that the information in the manuscript is classified as Confidential, Secret or Very Secret. ”
“Consequently,” he continues, “the publication and dissemination of The Piece Where He Arrived would cause irreparable harm, because the disclosure of instances of classified information in the manuscript reasonably likely to cause serious damage, or, exceptionally, serious damage to the national security of the United States. ”
The prosecution claims that Bolton, who lasted 16 months as Trump’s third national security adviser, before being fired in September 2019, signed a document three days after leaving his White House post admitting that “he has continued to be ‘prohibited from disclosing, any classified or confidential information,’ and that it ‘cannot use or disclose your information’ – defined as’ information acquired as a result of [his] Federal Employment Agency “and that” has not been made available to the public. »»
Bolton Charged In Trials Of Breach Of Contract And Fiduciary Duty – For Alleged Breach Of The Pre-publication Examination Requirements, For Breach Of His Duty Not To Distribute Classified Information, And The Unjust enrichment of what the Department of Justice says is a book deal “reportedly worth about $ 2 million. ”
The court is asked to order Bolton at the request of the book publisher, Simon & Schuster, no more delay in publication date, which was originally having been in April, so that the NSC can complete its review before publication. No time limit is given for how long this exam can be completed.
According to a director with Bolton of the America’s Security and Freedom Foundation, the super PAC, the former US ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday evening had no comments to make about the lawsuit. .
In an email, his lawyer, Charles Cooper, said, “We are reviewing the government’s complaint, and responding in a timely manner. ”
It seems, however, that Bolton’s book has already been printed and distributed.
“In the months before the publication of The room where he arrived, Bolton has worked with the National Security Council to incorporate changes to the text addressed NSC concerns, “Simon & Schuster said in a June 10 press release. “Ultimately, the published version of this book reflects these changes, and Simon & Schuster fully supports Ambassador Bolton First Amendment’s right to tell the story of his time in the Trump White House. ”
An editor’s description of what the mustached, hard-driving, former aide-de-camp Trump wrote leaves little doubt why the president, with the Attorney General, Barr’s bill at his side, said Bolton’s Tuesday, “maybe it’s not about telling the truth. He has been known not to tell the truth much. ”
In this blurb pre-publication, Simon & Schuster quotes an overwhelming indictment from Trump directly from Bolton’s book.
“I’m struggling to identify a significant Trump decision during my tenure that was not driven by re-election calculations,” he wrote, “according to the editor.
“In fact,” Simon & Schuster said of Bolton, “he argued that the Chamber committed malpractice charges by keeping their accusation narrowly over Ukraine during the Ukraine Trumpet-like transgressions existed across the full spectrum of his foreign policy — and Bolton documents exactly what those were, and the attempts made by him and others in the Administration to alert them. ”
The book, the print adds, “shows a chaotic addict who kissed our enemies and refused to be friends, and was deeply suspicious of his own government. ”
Bolton book sales, the eleventh hour of effort to block the failure, could greatly benefit from the considerable publicity generated by its spat with the Trump.
If that were to happen, the lawsuit argues, the result would not go to Bolton.
He argues that, under the non-disclosure agreement he signed, Bolton agreed to assign to the United States government all rights, titles and interests, and all royalties, wages and salaries resulted or which result or may result from disclosure, publication or disclosure not consistent with the terms of these agreements.