Bolton thought that his tell-all book would be the ultimate key to success.
But the government is about to destroy his plans.
William Barr said eleven words that made John Bolton go pale with terror.
Democrats didn’t like former national security adviser John Bolton until he started bad mouthing President Trump and since then they have heaped praises on the warhawk they never could stand before.
Bolton was hoping to capitalize off his hatred of Trump with a “tell-all” book that is revealing classified information.
While the book may be the ultimate revenge for John Bolton, South Korea says Bolton’s upcoming book has “seriously distorted” Trump’s conversations with North and South Korea and could destroy the diplomatic relations between the two countries.
“Unilaterally publishing consultations made based on mutual trust violates the basic principles of diplomacy and could severely damage future negotiations,” said South Korea’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong.
There is a reason the government has processes for people who know classified information who are looking to publish.
This doesn’t just apply to big publishing contracts, small CIA contractors who are self-publishing spy books have to submit their transcripts for review.
Bolton thought he could get away with skipping this step but Attorney General William Barr isn’t letting him off the hook that easily.
Barr told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo that if Bolton does submit his book to the review process he will “forfeit” the money he makes from the upcoming book.
“What about John Bolton, the DOJ’s breach-of-contract suit against the former national security adviser?” Bartiromo asked. “Is it too late now to push back?”
“I don’t think it’s too late, because what we’re asking is for him to complete the process before the book is published, complete the process of taking out classified material,” Barr answered. “And, in our view, there remains – there remains very highly classified material in the book still. And we would like him to address that. And so, under the law, we are bringing a civil action to enforce his agreement that he would do that before publishing.”
Bartiromo went on to ask Barr if President Trump had asked Barr to step to which Barr responded “No.”
“The process is run through the National Security Council, called pre-publication review, for any book,” Barr later added. “And as that wasn’t completed, the National Security Council contacted us. So, that’s initially how the DOJ got involved.”
Barr noted that he is only trying to enforce the contract that John Bolton agreed to and if Bolton doesn’t complete the review process and take out the classified material “he forfeits any money from that book to the government.”
John Bolton isn’t above the rules and he needs to consider the international damage that his reckless book could cause.
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