Judge weighs US bid to stop release of John Bolton's book


The book, scheduled to go to bookstores on Tuesday, is Bolton's portrait of Trump after seeing him up close for 17 months before he was ousted in September.

Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp believes the contents of former national security advisor John Bolton's book are of "utmost public importance".

After several minutes of technical difficulties related to conducting a remote hearing, Lamberth opened the session by asking the government's lawyer about what can be done about 200,000 copies of the book having already been sent to stores and warehouses all over the nation and the world.

Pompeo said he had not yet read the book, "The Room Where It Happened", which the Trump administration is trying to block from publication.

He took the opportunity to announce a "historical agreement" expected on June 27 at the White House between Kosovo and Serbia, although he has previously stated that the meeting will only focus on economic issues.

Bolton alleged that the White House, under Trump's direction, had slow-walked the review of the manuscript in order to prevent Bolton's "embarrassing" account of the President's conduct from coming out before the election.

"It certainly looks hard to me over what I can do about all these books all over the country", Judge Royce Lamberth said.

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"Indeed, the surreal nature of the Government's request to enjoin publication and distribution of the book was driven home earlier today when a CBS News reporter, holding a copy of the book in her hand, questioned the President's press secretary about passages in the book on the White House lawn, ' Bolton's legal team said, referencing CBS" Paula Reid, who participated in a gaggle in the White House driveway with press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. "If it wasn't SCI when Bolton received the approval, he would have been entitled to publish".

The backlash from Trump loyalists and the president himself has been savage.

Bolton's book has drawn wide attention for its withering portrayal of Trump. He claimed Bolton was following his own policy, in pushing for a land-swap, instead of Trump's policy.

After a monthslong review process, which started in late December past year, Ellen Knight, the senior director tasked with conducting pre-publication reviews at the National Security Council, informed Bolton's attorney that the book, in her view, contained no classified information. He framed the administration effort as a way to stifle the First Amendment.

A collection of media outlets said the DOJ's arguments aimed at the publisher were "extraordinary", "unconstitutional", and "untethered" to the law. But Bolton says it's an attempt to stifle free speech and help Trump's reelection.

There will be a virtual hearing on the DOJ's emergency request on Friday at 1 p.m. ET.

The case is: U.S. v. Bolton, 20-cv-01580, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).