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Trump: If Bolton Releases His Book “He’s Broken The Law”

Trump blasts ‘highly inappropriate’ memoir: “I will consider every conversation with me as president highly classified.”

Those who have christened neocon ultra-hawk John Bolton of all people a resistance hero are no doubt waiting with bated breath for his book “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” to hit shelves, given it’s expected to be filled with “multiple revelations about Trump’s conduct in office,” which will ‘go beyond Ukraine’ as one source recently put it to Axios.

President Trump hit back on Monday, slamming Bolton’s book as “totally inappropriate” while issuing a not-so-veiled threat of legal repercussions over the “highly classified” information potentially contained therein.

“If he wrote a book, I can’t imagine that he can because that’s highly classified information,” Trump told reporters at the White House Monday.

The president suggested his administration would use the full weight of the law against the former top national security official:

“I will consider every conversation with me as president highly classified. So that would mean if he wrote a book and if the book gets out, he’s broken the law and I would think he would have criminal problems,” Trump continued threateningly.

Though not saying so directly, the president appeared to validate reports that he plans to file a lawsuit blocking the memoir’s release by Simon & Schuster, set for June 23.

The company previously pushed back the publication date while confirming a US government security review of its contents was underway — standard for any book authored by intelligence officials or high level officials privy to classified briefings and information.

During Monday’s press briefing Trump also took a swipe at Bolton’s ability to present an authentic narrative, saying the former national security adviser has “been known not to tell the truth, a lot.”

But given the new controversy surrounding the book now that Trump weighed in so forcefully, it will be interesting if the release date gets pushed back again.

Bolton’s attorney, Charles Cooper, previously publicly stated his belief that the administration is actively trying quash the book and its more revealing passages using national security and classification as a “pretext” to censor Bolton, ultimately “in violation of his constitutional right to speak on matters of the utmost public import.”

Nearly a week ago The New York Times revealed that “A White House official said Mr. Bolton would be given a redacted version of his manuscript by June 19, four days before the book’s current publication date.”

So as the clock ticks down, the war of words — and more significantly, the legal threats — look to grow more intense.

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/trump-boltons-highly-inappropriate-memoir-could-mean-criminal-charges

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Pox Americana
Pox Americana
June 17, 2020

I wonder if his book will contain any of this? Even CNN is starting to backtrack 4 years of its ‘Russia did it’ propaganda. (too little, too late, chumps. Damage is done)   Washington (CNN)The largest theft of data in CIA history ……..   The hacking tools stolen in the breach, which occurred in 2016, came from its clandestine Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI). The amount of data stolen is unknown, the memo said, but could be as much as 34 terabytes of data — the equivalent of 2.2 billion pages of text. The theft was revealed around a year… Read more »

Fool me once, still an ally but twice and more?
Fool me once, still an ally but twice and more?
Reply to  Pox Americana
June 17, 2020

“Long-time German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused Russia in the Bundestag that she was the target of Russian hackers, adding that she had concrete proof of the “outrageous” spying attempts, without actually providing any evidence.”
 
So, who really was behind the hacks, Frau Merkel? Do you really know? I doubt it.

Olivia Kroth

And even if she knew she would not say.

Clash of Arrogance
Clash of Arrogance
June 17, 2020

Bolton was just too arrogant for the arrogant Trump. Simple as that.

Clash of Arrogance
Clash of Arrogance
Reply to  Clash of Arrogance
June 17, 2020

Pompeo remains in good stead because he long ago learned to lie, cheat, steal and kiss up to ingratiate himself, talents well respected in the corridors of power.
 
Bolton clearly has serious social issues, beginning at birth. I’m convinced of that.

Blind leading the Blind
Blind leading the Blind
June 18, 2020

Bolton’s releasing ‘excerpts’ now. From what I’ve read, it sounds like he consulted with the DNC on talking points.
 
Does Bolton’s outstanding character disallow pure fabrication out of spite? Does a turtle skydive on Sundays?
 
Does Trump deserve credit for firing the bozo? The bozo hired the bozo, you figure it out.
 
Oh, Trump said Bolton’d have started 6 wars by now if he’d had his druthers, as if it’s some grand revelation the rest of the world hadn’t known for decades. Sheesh. How clueless can one POTUS be?
 

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