Former National Security Adviser John Bolton is looking to publish a book about his time in the White House titled “The Room Where It Happened.” It’s expected to be released on June 23rd. But the book contains “classified information” according to a complaint by the Trump administration.
“I will consider every conversation with me as President highly classified,” Mr. Trump told to reporters on Monday. “So that would mean that if he wrote a book and if the book gets out, he’s broken the law and I would think he would have criminal problems.”
The American Civil Liberties Union begged to differ. They said, “Any Trump administration efforts to stop John Bolton’s book from being published are doomed to fail.”
Mr. Bolton’s lawyer, Charles Cooper, added they were looking through the lawsuit and “will respond in due course.”
The manuscript is said to support the idea that the Trump administration withheld military aid to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating Joe Biden’s son Hunter. This was the central accusation against the President during last winter’s impeachment trial.
In a series of tweets at the end of January, President Trump denied that he ever told Bolton that withholding the aid was tied to investigations, that Bolton was just trying to sell a book, that the ‘transcripts’ of his calls with Ukrainian President Zelensky where proof he did nothing wrong and that he ultimately he released the aid without condition.