More than 200,000 copies of John Bolton’s book – The Piece Where He Passed – were printed and distributed, and its content has been the subject of numerous press reports.
But the US Department of Justice has went to court, to prevent the publication of the book and to recover copies already in circulation.
US district judge Royce Lamberth said the attorneys “the horse seems to be out of the barn”, wondering what he could do to remove books already sent “all over the country”.
The book includes claims that Donald Trump had not been aware that Britain was a nuclear power, that the president asked if Finland was part of Russia, and that he had sought help from the President Chinese Xi Jinping to win November presidential election in the United States.
Mr. Bolton was fired by Mr. Trump In September, after 17 months at the White House, Jobs and Mr. Trump told Fox News earlier this week that his ex-advisor “breaks the law” in the edition of the book.
He also tweeted that Mr. Bolton was just trying to get even for fire “, like the sick puppy, he is!” ”
In court, Justice Minister David Morrell’s lawyer said Bolton created a “mess” by publishing the book without it describing as formal authorization that the manuscript was safe from classified information .
Morrell said, “He threw the houndstooth with the doors open. He left the horses, and now he looks at us collectively and says, “What are you going to do? ”
“The deterrence issues are because there is a huge interest on the part of the government in ensuring that these agreements are not violated by a disgruntled author. ”
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Bolton should not be allowed to profit from breach of his contractual obligation not to disclose classified documents that he had access to while working at the White House, Morrell added.
Bolton lawyers say the allegations are another way for the White House to censor its unflattering claims about the Trump Administration.
In court documents, they wrote: “If the First Amendment means anything, it is that the government has no power to close its hand over the mouth of a citizen in an attempt to speak. on a general import issue. ”
Justice Lamberth said he will consider the arguments in advance of a decision, which should be given before the book officially launches on Tuesday.
Commenting on Mr. Bolton’s claims ended an early publication review process, the judge said, “He can’t just walk away, and he’s not telling the government he was at foot away. ”
But the judge also supported the Justice Department on the White House’s conclusion that the manuscript contained classified information.
The court heard that Bolton said on April 27 by the official responsible for overseeing the National Security Council’s pre-publication process that none of the classified documents had been found in the manuscript. Another White House official had done an additional review, however, and disagreed.