Newt Gingrich: Bolton Has 'Real Potential Legal Problem' With Book

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The complaint argues that Bolton submitted his book, "The Room Where It Happened", for publication without first getting permission from the government through the prepublication review process and that the book contains classified information.

The Trump administration has long contended that a manuscript of Bolton's memoir contained classified information, but that the way the material was woven into the narrative would make a traditional "scrub" impossible.

Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton is due to publish his book on his time in the Oval office on Tuesday but details are being published by the Washington Post and New York Times.

US President Donald Trump pleaded with China's leader Xi Jinping for help to win re-election in 2020, former aide John Bolton writes in a new book, excerpts of which were published on Wednesday.

"This is a civil action by the United States to prevent Defendant John R. Bolton, a former National Security Advisor, from compromising national security by publishing a book containing classified information - in clear breach of agreements he signed as a condition of his employment and as a condition of gaining access to highly classified information and in clear breach of the trust placed within him by the United States Government", read part of the 27-page court filing with the US District Court in DC.

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In particular, Bolton alleges that Trump committed a host of impeachable offenses beyond pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival, Democrat Joe Biden.

"According to our interpreter", Mr Bolton writes, "Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do". "And I would think that he would have criminal problems", Trump said.

In details of the forthcoming book in USA media, Mr Bolton says Mr Trump wanted China to buy agricultural produce from U.S. farmers.

Bolton is the only named defendant; his publisher is not named.

"Drawn from his personal participation in key events, and filled with perspective and humor, Bolton covers an array of topics-chaos in the White House, sure, but also assessments of major players, the president's inconsistent, scattershot decision-making process, and his dealings with allies and enemies alike, from China, Russia, Ukraine, North Korea, Iran, the UK, France and Germany", the book's publisher said in a statement.

"Any Trump administration efforts to stop John Bolton's book from being published are doomed to fail", the ACLU stated.

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