A book that was written, according to President Donald J. Trump, for the purpose of making money on attack Trump and discrediting him before the 2020 Presidential election is getting it’s “comeuppance” in the form of an investigation by the US Department of Justice who has convened a Grand Jury to consider whether or not the former ambassador exploited classified information for a book that the government tried to stop from being published.
Bolton’s book, “The Room Where it Happened”, was called a “tell all book” exposing his times as Trump’s national security advisor.
The Daily Caller reported about the book and said, “Bolton, who left the White House in September 2019, is highly critical of Trump in the book, “The Room Where It Happened.” He accuses Trump of using the office of the presidency for political gain. He also criticizes Trump for being too deferential to foreign dictators, including Chinese President Xi Jinping.”
Reuters reported, “According to the [Wall Street] Journal, federal prosecutors sent grand jury subpoenas on Monday to Bolton’s literary agent, Javelin, and Simon & Schuster, which published ‘The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.’ The subpoenas requested all communications with Bolton, the newspaper reported, citing anonymous sources. The paper also said that Bolton has not received a grand jury subpoena.”
“Interesting — report here that a grand jury has subpoenaed Bolton’s literary agent and publisher in the investigation into his alleged mishandling of classified information,” Mollie Hemingway from The Federalist, wrote.
“The Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into whether President Trump’s former national security adviser John R. Bolton unlawfully disclosed classified information when he published a memoir this summer, a case that the department opened after it failed to stop the book’s publication this summer, according to three people familiar with the matter,” the New York Times reported, Tuesday.
US Rep. Doug Collins posted, “Can’t say you weren’t warned,” hinting back to the Government’s attempts to stop the book deal.
Some on the left lacked empathy for Bolton suggesting that he should have testified under oath, what he wrote in the book, to help impeach Trump and not written the book.
Left-leaning MSNBC reported, “Lawyers for the National Security Council and the Justice Department expressed reservations about opening a criminal case, in part because Mr. Trump’s public statements made it seem like an overtly political act…”
So the Left is claiming that Trump is using the DOJ for harassing political opponents. That is a familar charge from them.
Surprisingly, Bolton was interviewed about the slanderous gossip published by The Atlantic last week, that Trump had made disrespectful comments about the Military, and humiliated Jeffrey Goldberg the editor of the Atlantic by discrediting Goldberg, not Trump, claiming the story was not at all true.
So there is something very strange going on with John Bolton. And note, apparently the probe is into the publication of the book:
NPR has confirmed the Wall Street Journal claims, and posted on Twitter,”A source told NPR that subpoenas have been issued to Simon & Schuster, Bolton’s publisher, and Javelin, his literary agency.”
A federal grand jury has issued criminal subpoenas to a publishing company and a literary agency in connection with a book by former Trump national security adviser John Bolton, NPR has confirmed.
The move signals the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation surrounding the publication of Bolton’s book The Room Where It Happened after an unsuccessful effort to block from being published in June.
Hundreds of thousands of copies of the book had already been distributed, and Judge Royce Lamberth concluded at the time that the emergency request from the Trump administration had come too late.
But in his 10-page ruling, Lamberth issued a warning to Bolton, writing that he “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” for possibly disclosing national security secrets.
The book really is already out, so what is this all about? This story is developing…