Trump administration sues to try to delay publication of Bolton’s book
By Maggie Haberman and Katie Benner
The Trump administration sued the former national security adviser John 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.
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 President Donald Trump clashed on significant policy issues like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan, and in his book, 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.