On Wednesday the U.S Justice Department dropped a lawsuit that sought to seize profits from John Bolton’s best-selling book discussing his tenure as national security advisor to the former President Donald Trump.
The book was published last year by Simon & Schuster, and after some time, the Justice Department informed Bolton that they will be closing the investigation into whether he committed a crime by disclosing classified information in his book titled, ‘The Room Where it Happened.’ “These actions represent a complete vindication for Ambassador Bolton, and a repudiation of former President Trump’s attempt, under the pretext of protecting classified information, first to suppress the book’s publication and when that failed in court, to penalize the Ambassador,” Bolton’s office said [CNBC].
The statement also noted that “Trump openly admitted his desire to block publication of the book before the 2020 leave office, he can do this. But not in the White House. He said, for example, ‘We’re going to try and block the publication of the book. After I leave office, he can do this. But not in the White House.” In a statement from Trump, he said he has “nothing to do with John Bolton’s stupid and irrelevant book.” He continued, “That was, and is, up to the DOJ, not me. John Bolton was a foil, while at the same time being a fool.”
The Justice Department sued Bolton in 2020, with the claim that he failed to abide by a requirement that he receive written permission prior to publishing his book in order to ensure no classified information would be disclosed in the book. Bolton presented a letter from lawyers for Ellen Knight, a former National Security Council official who reviewed the book manuscript for classified material. This letter included information on how the Trump administration attempted to prevent the book from being published even after its revision was completed and approved.
“We are very pleased that the Department of Justice has dismissed with prejudice its civil lawsuit against Ambassador Bolton and has terminated grand jury proceedings,” Bolton’s lawyer Charles Cooper said in a statement. “By ending these proceedings without in any way penalizing Ambassador Bolton or limiting his proceeds from the book, the Department of Justice has tacitly acknowledged that President Trump and his White House officials acted illegitimately.”
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