Judge Allows Bolton Book To Be Released, But Says He ‘Gambled’ With National Security

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A federal judge allowed the publication of John Bolton’s memoir to proceed next week despite concerns it contains classified information, Fox News reports.

Despite approving the publication, the judge reportedly “tore into the former national security adviser for having ‘gambled’ with national security,” Fox News added.

“Defendant Bolton has gambled with the national security of the United States. He has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability,” Judge Royce Lamberth said in a ruling.

The judge continued, “But these facts do not control the motion before the Court. The government has failed to establish that an injunction will prevent irreparable harm.”

“In exchange for money, he has broken that promise,” David Morrell said, who serves as deputy assistant attorney general. “The obligation lies on him to bring his book in line with the contractual obligations he assumed.”

After the ruling, President Trump said Bolton “broke the law by releasing Classified Information (in massive amounts).

“He must pay a very big price for this, as others have before him. This should never to happen again!!!” he tweeted.

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The Justice Department had sought an injunction and a temporary restraining order to prevent the release of “The Room Where It Happened” on June 23, saying that the book contained classified information and that Bolton had deliberately bypassed the necessary classification review process that he had agreed to…

The book includes a number of damning claims about President Trump’s conduct in office, including that Trump pleaded with Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him win reelection, and that he said journalists should be “executed.”

Bolton wrote that after the latter comment, “This led to one of Trump’s favorite legal gambits, namely, that the Justice Department arrest the reporters, force them to serve time in jail, and then demand they disclose their sources. Only then would the leaks stop.”

Bolton’s team argued that the the book was already out in the public domain via a number of reporters who had received copies, pointing to images of reporters wielding the book already and reading from it.

“The speech has been spoken, it cannot be unspoke,” his attorney Charles Cooper told the judge.

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He went on to accuse the Trump administration of not engaging in a judicial process, but “theater” as it was urging the judge to order Bolton to do something he is unable to do.

“It’s theater, it’s to use your courtroom as a stage and to enlist you as a player as the government uses the rhetoric, the very incendiary names … against my client, Ambassador Bolton, because at the end of the day, there is nothing Ambassador Bolton can do,” Cooper said.