Yesterday I posted that Trump was going to sue John Bolton to stop publication of his book. The book “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” will make a mockery of this inept, incompetent charlatan and his soon to be former administration.
The attempt to stop publication runs counter to First Amendment rights of free speech. Trump is using the specious argument of “Security” to keep the book from being read by the public. The only “security” at issue is Trump’s total incompetence and the chaos he has brought upon the US and the world.
Now, with the help of his servile and sycophant Attorney General, Trump is asking a Federal Judge to halt publication scheduled for June 23. It’s called Prior Restraint.
Try as Trump might the book will be published.
Deutsche Welle 6.16.2020
The Trump administration has sued formerNational Security Adviser John Bolton over a book it says contains classified information. However, released excerpts reveal a portrait of “chaotic” decision making in the White House.
Bolton’s lawyer Chuck Cooper said that his client had painstakingly worked with classification specialists at the White House National Security Council to ensure classified material is not published.
“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 importance,” according to Cooper.
The administration of US President Donald Trump sued the president’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, on Tuesday to delay the publication of a book that the White House claims contains classified information on US foreign policy. The book, titled “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” is expected to paint a picture of discord and chaos in the Trump Administration during Bolton’s tenure.
Publisher Simon & Schuster, called the lawsuit “nothing more than the latest in a longrunning series of efforts by the administration to quash publication of a book it deems unflattering to the president.”
In the lawsuit, the US Justice Department requests that a federal court order Bolton to “instruct or request” that the publisher delay publication of the book to allow for acompletion of the national security reviewprocess. The book was supposed to be released in March. Its release date was twice delayed and it is now set for release on June 23.
According to publishers, the book describes Trump as “a President addicted to chaos, who embraced our enemies and spurned our friends, and was deeply suspicious of his own government.”
The lawsuit follows threats by Trump on Monday that Bolton would face legal action. “I will consider every conversation with me as president highly classified. So that would mean that if he wrote a book and if the book gets out he’s broken the law,” Trump said. “That’s called criminal liability. That’s a big thing.”
Trump has accused Bolton of not completing the clearance process required for a book by former government officials who had access to sensitive information. The book contains “significant quantities of classified information that it asked defendant to remove,” the lawsuit said.
While Trump admitted he had not read the book, he said the problem of revealing conversations with the president “becomes even worse if he lies about the conversation, which I understand he might have in some cases.”
US Attorney General William Barr also raised concerns over the pre-publication review process, and added that the Trump administration was “trying to get them to go through the process and make the necessary deletions of classified information.”