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Grand Jury Issued Criminal Subpoenas In Connection With John Bolton Book

Grand Jury Issued Criminal Subpoenas In Connection With John Bolton Book”

Federal prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into the publication of former National Security Adviser John Bolton's book, notching up the pressure on a critic of and former insider in the Trump administration.

A grand jury has been convened to investigate whether the publication of "The Room Where It Happened", Bolton's memoir of his 17-month tenure as President Donald Trump's national security adviser, violated laws concerning disclosure of classified information, sources familiar with the matter told the New York Times on Tuesday.

But the White House launched another review without notifying Bolton, and the official involved cited multiple instances of classified information, according to the report.

"While Bolton's unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns, the government has not established that an injunction is an appropriate remedy", Lamberth wrote. The subpoenas issued by a grand jury indicate officials are probing evidence that would enable them to bring criminal charges in addition to the civil suit, though prosecutions related to the mishandling of classified information are exceedingly rare. Soon after, however, Bolton was informed that the review was still ongoing and that a separate NSC official determined it still contained passages with classified information.

"Obviously, with the book already given out and leaked to many people and the media, nothing the highly respected Judge could have done about stopping it", Trump tweeted.

Mr. Bolton had agreed to let national security officials review any book he might eventually write before publication in order to make sure that it contained no classified information.

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Trump, meanwhile, sought to frame the judge's ruling as a "big court win against Bolton".

An attorney disputed the conclusion that Bolton "did not fully comply" with his obligations and accused the administration of slow-walking the approval process in an attempt to prevent the release of the highly-critical book.

Bolton left the White House last September in a parting of ways he and Trump have both insisted was their idea. Trump, Bolton said, "just despised any indication that somehow Russian Federation had influenced his election in 2016 because he felt it would delegitimize it".

In the case of "The Room Where It Happened", that secret information may include Bolton's account of Trump trying to enlist the government of China to help him with his re-election effort, or the President committing to Turkish leader Reccep Tayyip Erdogan that he would shut down a Manhattan federal criminal investigation into a Turkish bank.

Lamberth, who is overseeing the case, said in June that Bolton should have sued the government rather than prematurely approve the memoir for release before the process was complete.



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