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‘Wacko’ Bolton book reveals Trump refused to go to war, pissing off the SWAMP (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 575.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss John Bolton’s new book, which judging from released “leaks”, is nothing more than a fired neocon’s list of grievances and gossip towards the US President, who consistently refused to push the United States into war games with Iran and North Korea.


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A federal judge on Saturday allowed the forthcoming publication of John Bolton’s memoir to go ahead next week despite concerns it contains classified information – but tore into the former national security adviser for having “gambled” with national security.

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

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.

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

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

But Bolton’s team has claimed that the administration is just trying to suppress embarrassing information about President Trump’s conduct.

“We are grateful that the Court  has vindicated the strong First Amendment protections against censorship and prior restraint of publication,” Adam Rothberg, Simon & Schuster’s senior vice president of corporate communications, said in a statement. “We are very pleased that the public will now have the opportunity to read Ambassador Bolton’s account of his time as National Security Advisor.”

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 at Friday’s hearing.

Cooper also said that the government signed off on publication, because in one email Bolton was told that the manuscript, in its latest form, did not contain classified information — and that the form in question does not expressly say Bolton would have to wait for written permission. He accused 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.

But on Saturday, the judge indicated that the government’s case against Bolton was ultimately likely to succeed on its merits. He said that Bolton could have sued the government, but instead sought “unilateral fast-tracking” that “carried the benefit of publicity and sales, and the cost of substantial risk exposure.”

“This was Bolton’s bet: if he is right and the book does not contain classified information, he keeps the upside mentioned above; but if he is wrong, he stands to lose his profits from the book deal, exposes himself to criminal liability, and imperils national security,” he said. “Bolton was wrong.”

The Justice Department argued that an injunction could stop more copies, as well as audiobooks and electronic versions, from being distributed. Judge Lamberth was not convinced by that argument and said on Saturday that “by the looks of it, the horse is not just of the barn — it is out of the country.”

“WIth hundreds of thousands of copies around the globe — many in newsrooms — the damage is done. There is no restoring the status quo,” he said.

After the ruling, President Trump hailed the ruling as a “BIG COURT WIN against Bolton.”

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…BUT, strong & powerful statements & rulings on MONEY & on BREAKING CLASSIFICATION were made….Bolton broke the law and has been called out and rebuked for so doing, with a really big price to pay,” he tweeted.

“He likes dropping bombs on people, and killing them,” he said. “Now he will have bombs dropped on him!”

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Olivia Kroth
June 21, 2020

I hope that President Trump will be able to end the US eternal wars, when he gets reelected in November. I wish him all the best and lots of luck. It would be such a great relief to see US troops withdraw from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and also those troops and bombs stationed in Europe.

Tjoe
Tjoe
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
June 21, 2020

What makes you think his Israel handlers would let him do that? He has no balls.
 

Last edited 14 days ago by Tjoe
Johann
Johann
Reply to  Tjoe
June 22, 2020

“… his Israel handlers …”
 
Finally, someone here to point out to what the authors apparently had no courage to admit. The elephant in the room is the Zionist lobby in the U.S. (and the rest of the West).
 
Deciding the fine point of who is a “bigger” stooge of the fifth column – Trump, with his loud pandering to the apartheid Zionist entity in Palestine, or Bolton, with his decades-long warmongering on behalf of that same entity of ill repute – hardly matters…

LOL
LOL
June 21, 2020

‘Ambassador Bolton’ ???
 
Boy, there’s the oxymoron of the year for ya’.

Clarity
Clarity
June 21, 2020

The government has failed to establish that an injunction will prevent irreparable harm.”
 
If only a judge would see it that way with Assange…

Beijing Yank
June 21, 2020

It is obvious, every single 911, PNAC, neocon, should be sitting in a docket at the International Criminal Court. Bolton duped the president with the chemical/biological attack, at Douma, into bombing Syria. War criminals seek company but lucky for Trump, nobody died in his attack, avoiding the tag of a ‘war criminal’ for himself. Play with war criminals, become a war criminal. Trump needs to keep his promise to “get to the bottom of 9/11.” The same deep state, bad players, like Bolton, are still mingling with the innocent in high places. They got to be tossed on the garbage… Read more »

penrose
penrose
June 21, 2020

RE: “Bolton was wrong.”
 
Those three words could qualify as the shortest biography of a public figure in recorded history.

paul
paul
June 22, 2020

Trump appointed Bolton because Adelson told him to. Adelson gave him $200 million and like any good little shabbos goy Trump has to earn his shekels.

The American Dystopia
The American Dystopia
Reply to  paul
June 22, 2020

Interesting. I find after a brief investigation that you are 100% correct.
 
Trump reportedly seeks Adelson’s advice amid differences …timesofisrael
 
Adelson, who is a major GOP supporter, pushed for Bolton when Trump was considering a replacement for his then-national security adviser, H.R. McMaster.

Bruno Orso
June 22, 2020

The video only partially touched on one of the biggest issues, from my perspective, which was expressed as Bolton maybe being on the of few candidates Trump could get to join the administration.   While Trump may have had some difficulty enticing quality candidates to join, the true nature of the Republican party is also likely to be at play. One thing that is being lost, because of how disgusting the Democrats have been for the last 10-12 years, is that the Republicans are every bit as corrupt and part of the Deep State as the Democrats (they’re just not… Read more »

T W Huning
T W Huning
June 22, 2020

Not to defend Bolton but to set the record straight – John did not say say that if he had to say something that he knew was false he would do it. He said that if he had to say something that he knew was false to protect national security he would do it. He starts by referring to Churchill. Go to 06:24. – “If I had to say something I knew was false TO PROTECT AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY, I would do it.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSnKPFYgJG8

The American Dystopia
The American Dystopia
Reply to  T W Huning
June 22, 2020

Splitting hairs?

T W Huning
T W Huning
June 22, 2020
The American Dystopia
The American Dystopia
Reply to  T W Huning
June 22, 2020

Indeed it was, if the TimesofIsrael is correct. Told, recommended…..is there really a difference there?
 
https://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-reportedly-seeks-adelsons-advice-amid-differences-with-bolton/

The Biden Bolton Ticket
The Biden Bolton Ticket
June 23, 2020

The biggest problem Bolton had was that he, not Putin, was playing Trump like a fiddle, until Trump finally wised up.

Ideological pickpockets
Ideological pickpockets
Reply to  The Biden Bolton Ticket
June 23, 2020

Same old, tried and true diversionary tactics. Watch this shiny object in my left hand while my right picks your pocket.

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