Trump Sues to Block John Bolton Book


Mr Bolton called Mr Trump's effort to shift the June 2019 conversation to the U.S. election a stunning move, and wrote that it was among innumerable conversations that "formed a pattern of fundamentally unacceptable behaviour that eroded the very legitimacy of the presidency".

The DOJ filed a civil lawsuit against Bolton on Tuesday seeking to delay the public release of his book, The Room Where it Happened, until officials were able to complete a prepublication review process.

Separately, the New York Times reported that Bolton writes that there were other improper actions by Trump involving Turkey's Halkbank - an open case in USA courts - and the Chinese tech company ZTE.

The Trump administration sued Bolton this week to prevent him from releasing his book, alleging breach of contract.

Mr Trump told reporters at the White House earlier this week Mr Bolton had "broken the law" by sharing their private conversations, and would face "criminal problems".

The publisher added in a statement that the lawsuit "is nothing more than the latest in a long-running series of efforts by the administration to quash publication of a book it deems unflattering to the president".

Donald Trump asked the Chinese president to help him win re-election by buying more from American farmers, John Bolton has reportedly claimed in his much-anticipated new book.

Several behind-the-scenes books by aides and journalists have emerged in recent years offering damning details about White House disarray or embarrassing Trump conduct, but Bolton is the highest-ranking official to write such a memoir.

Bolton's lawyer, Charles Cooper, has said that Bolton cooperated White House vetting of the manuscript since last December, when the manuscript was first submitted to the National Security Council for review.

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He says Mr Trump immediately assumed Mr Xi meant the Democrats.

Bolton, according to the excerpts, claimed Trump was unaware that Britain is a nuclear power and asked whether Finland is part of Russian Federation.

He says he was frustrated with Mr Trump's willingness to appease autocrats and requested a meeting with Attorney General William Barr in 2019 to discuss the matter.

Among the most upsetting moments for the former advisor is the president's decision in June 2019 not to launch a disproportionate missile strike against Iran for downing a USA drone at the last minute after Bolton convinced him to.

The book largely characterizes Trump's staff as knowing better than the president and talking behind his back, like the time Bolton was passed a note by Pompeo amid the June 2018 Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. "According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do".

Bolton's claim that Trump was appealing to China to assist his reelection effort comes as the president's rhetoric toward the U.S. geopolitical rival has grown more acerbic in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Although Trump is publicly critical of journalists, Bolton's book quotes the United States president making some of his most alarming remarks to date.

"Friendly reminder that John Bolton, instead of telling Congress what he knew while they were holding impeachment proceedings, wrote a fucking book", said Ryan.

Bolton didn't spare Trump criticism for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, even though he'd left the White House months before it began.