Trump says ex-adviser Bolton breaks law if he publishes book
FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. national security advisor John Bolton speaks during his lecture at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake/File Photo
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday his former national security adviser John Bolton will have broken the law if a book he has written is published.
Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, also said any conversation with him was classified.
Attorney General William Barr, speaking at the same event, said Bolton had not completed the process necessary to publish his book and the Justice Department was trying to get him to delete classified information.
Bolton’s “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” is set to be published on June 23.
The publisher, Simon and Schuster, said in a news release on Friday the book provides an insider account of Trump’s “inconsistent, scattershot decision-making process.”
The book details Trump’s dealings with China, Russia, Ukraine, North Korea, Iran, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, the publisher said.
“This is the book Donald Trump doesn’t want you to read,” Simon and Schuster said.
Trump fired Bolton in September amid simmering differences on a wide array of foreign policy issues.
Bolton argues that the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives should have expanded its impeachment probe against Trump last year to beyond questions over whether Trump invited foreign interference from Ukraine.
Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; editing by Chris Reese and Jonathan Oatis