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Trump, sues Bolton to block book from release

The Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday against former national security adviser John Bolton seeking to prevent the publication of his forthcoming tell-all memoir, “The Room Where It Happened,’ asking a federal judge to order him to complete the pre-publication review and “not disclose classified information without written authorization” in the forthcoming book

The 27-page filing also requests that a judge order Bolton to take any actions “within his power” to stop the publication of his book as it’s currently drafted and “retrieve and dispose” of any copies that may have been sent out to third parties. The DOJ additionally requests for Bolton to be ordered not to further disclose information he wrote about in the book or release details “in any form or media… without first obtaining written permission.”

“The United States is not seeking to censor any legitimate aspect of Defendant’s manuscript; it merely seeks an order requiring Defendant to complete the prepublication review process and to take all steps necessary to ensure that only a manuscript that has been officially authorized through that process—and is thus free of classified information—is disseminated publicly,” the filing says.

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Additionally, the DOJ in the filing indicates it may seek to seize any profits Bolton derives from ‘The Room Where it Happened,’ asking the judge to order the accounting of “all monies, gains, profits, royalties, and other advantages” Bolton might receive from the book’s publication.

PHOTO: White House National Security Advisor John Bolton talks to reporters outside of the White House West Wing April 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
PHOTO: White House National Security Advisor John Bolton talks to reporters outside of the White House West Wing April 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed earlier this week, Bolton’s lawyer Chuck Cooper said White House attempts to accuse Bolton of violating his non-disclosure agreement were merely an attempt to “censor Bolton.”

“This last-minute allegation came after an intensive four-month review, after weeks of silence from the White House, and — as Mr. Eisenberg admits in his letter — after press reports alerted the White House that Mr. Bolton’s book would be published on June 23,” Cooper said. “This is a transparent attempt to use national security as a pretext to censor Mr. Bolton, in violation of his constitutional right to speak on matters of the utmost public import.”Story continuesView reactions (359)

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