Former National Security Advisor John Bolton has written a tell-all book about his time with the Trump administration, and President Trump has reportedly asked that the book’s release be blocked until after he leaves office.
The book, titled, “The Room Where It Happened,” is scheduled for release on March 17. However, a letter sent last month from the White House’s National Security Council’s Records Management Division to Bolton’s lawyers said the book “appears to contain significant amounts of classified information.”
“It also appears that some of this classified information is at the TOP SECRET level. Under federal law and the nondisclosure agreements your client signed, as a condition for gaining access to classified information, the manuscript may not be published or otherwise disclosed without the deletion of this classified information” the letter stated, according to a report by the Washington Examiner.
In the book, Bolton reportedly writes about his dealings with Trump regarding the president’s handling of Ukraine and the release of aid to Ukraine. Excerpts of the manuscript were leaked to the press during the Senate impeachment trial.
In a separate report, the Washington Post revealed that Bolton has already earned a seven-figure advance payment from the publishing company, Simon & Schuster, in anticipation of the book’s release.
“But Bolton would take a huge legal risk — including the possibility of a criminal investigation — if he published his manuscript without the National Security Council’s final approval,” the Post wrote.
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