Politics Judge says government's suit over Bolton book can proceed
A former NSC official accuses White House aides of hijacking the review process for Bolton's book and making false claims to block its publication
The former official, Ellen Knight, says she was told there was "no path forward" for her at the NSC after she refused to go along with the process.The official, Ellen Knight, previously served as the senior director for records access and information security management at the NSC and oversaw the prepublication review process for Bolton's book. Bolton and the White House are in a protracted legal battle over the release of his book and allegations that it contained classified information.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration can move forward with its lawsuit against former national security adviserover his tell-all book, a Thursday in denying a request to dismiss the complaint.
The Justice Department alleges that Bolton's book, “The Room Where It Happened” contains classified information, and the government sued in June to try to prevent the release. Though the book was published as scheduled, a suit accusing Bolton of breaking contracts with the government by disclosing classified information and by failing to complete a required prepublication review can proceed, U.S District Judge Royce Lamberth said in a 29-page opinion.
Trump team essentially abused John Bolton’s rights, according to new document
The Trump White House again looks terrible, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton looks significantly better, after the delivery of a remarkably informative letter from the experienced senior official who reviewed Bolton’s recent book. © Provided by Washington Examiner On behalf of Ellen Knight, the former Senior Director for Records Access and Information Security Management at the National Security Council, her attorney Kenneth Wainstein sent the 18-page letter to lawyers for Bolton and for the Justice Department, which has threatened Bolton with criminal prosecution for allegedly publishing classified in
The book, which details Bolton’s 17 months as Trump’s national security adviser, contains descriptions of conversations with foreign leaders that could be seen as politically damaging to the president. Those include accounts that Trump tied providing military aid to Ukraine to that country’s willingness to conduct investigations into Democratic rival Joe Biden and Biden's son Hunter, and that Trump asked China’s President Xi Jinping to help his reelection prospects.
Lamberth in June denied the government's request for an injunction to block the book from being published, given that thousands of copies had already been distributed. But he also scolded Bolton for moving ahead with the book’s publication without waiting for formal, written authorization that the book had been cleared.
Justice Department launches criminal investigation of John Bolton book .
Bolton, a former top Trump aide, "emphatically rejects" claims that he divulged classified information, his lawyer said.The decision to launch a criminal investigation was expected. After failing to stop the book's publication over the summer, senior Justice Department officials said they would likely consider criminal charges.