John Bolton’s book publisher subpoenaed, DOJ investigating disclosures in ‘The Room Where It Happened’

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Susan Page, who sat down with John Bolton for the first print interview for his new book, “The Room Where it Happened”, talks about what we learned.

USA TODAY

Federal prosecutors have issued a grand jury subpoena to John Bolton’s publisher as part of a criminal investigation into whether the former national security adviser unlawfully disclosed classified information in a recent book critical of President Donald Trump, a person with knowledge of the matter said Tuesday.

The Justice Department’s demand for records from Simon & Schuster comes after the Trump administration failed in its effort earlier this year to halt publication of the book, “The Room Where It Happened,” and threats from president that his former aide could face prosecution.

Justice officials declined comment. 

“We are aware of reports that grand jury subpoenas have been issued seeking information concerning the publication of Ambassador Bolton‘s recent book,” Bolton attorney Charles Cooper said in a statement. “Ambassador Bolton emphatically rejects any claim that he acted improperly, let alone criminally, in connection with the publication of his book, and he will cooperate fully, as he has throughout, with any official inquiry into his conduct.”

The investigation was first disclosed by the New York Times.

In June, a federal judge cleared the way for the book’s publication, ruling that with numerous copies already distributed, it would be futile to stop it.

“With hundreds of thousands of copies around the globe – many in newsrooms – the damage is done,” wrote U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth. “There is no restoring the status quo.”

But the judge also sharply rebuked Bolton for not following the government’s pre-publication clearance protocols regarding potentially classified material and suggested he could lose his $2 million advance for the book. 

“Bolton has gambled with the national security of the United States,” the judge wrote. “He has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability. But these facts do not control the motion before the court. The government has failed to establish that an injunction will prevent irreparable harm.”

Following the judge’s ruling Trump quickly weighed in on Twitter, suggesting that Bolton would have a “really big price to pay.”

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

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