Washington The Trump administration sued the former national security adviser John R. Bolton on Tuesday to try to delay publication of his highly anticipated memoir about his time in the White House, saying the book contained classified information that would compromise national security if it became public, reports The New York Times.
The book, “The Room Where It Happened,” is set for release on June 23. Administration officials have repeatedly warned. Bolton against publishing it.
Bolton made clear in a statement this week that his book contained explosive details about his time at the White House. He and Mr. Trump clashed on significant policy issues like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan, and in his book, Mr. Bolton also confirmed accusations at the heart of the Democratic impeachment case over the president’s dealings with Ukraine, according to details from his manuscript previously reported by The New York Times.
The Justice Department accused him of short-circuiting a government review that he had agreed to participate in for any eventual manuscript before even accepting the post in 2018.
On Monday, Trump claimed that it was “highly inappropriate” for John Bolton to write a memoir about his work in the White House.
“Maybe he’s not telling the truth, he’s been known not to tell the truth, a lot,” he said during a White House meeting with cabinet members.
“I will consider every conversation with me highly classified,” he claimed.
“If he wrote a book and the book gets out, he’s broken the law and I would think you would have criminal problems.”