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Trump Administration Sues Bolton Over Book Publication

Quinta Jurecic
Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 11:47 AM

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The Trump administration has filed a lawsuit against former National Security Advisor John Bolton over the publication of his upcoming book, "The Room Where it Happened," which is currently slated for June 23 and has already been shipped to stores. The government alleges that the book contains classified information and that Bolton has breached nondisclosure agreements with the government to submit to the prepublication review process by going ahead with publication. It requests an order requiring Bolton to complete the prepublication review process and "tak[e] all actions within his power to stop the publication and dissemination of his book as currently drafted," and asks that the court transfer any profits from Bolton's book to the government.

The complaint is available here and below.

Quinta Jurecic is a fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and a senior editor at Lawfare. She previously served as Lawfare's managing editor and as an editorial writer for the Washington Post.

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