Former National Security Adviser John Bolton recently discussed his forthcoming book and criticized the White House review process which he believes is delaying its publication.
Bolton viewed the current review process as “censorship.”
“I say things in the manuscript about what [Trump] said to me; I hope they become public someday,” Bolton said during an interview in front of an audience at Duke University on February 17, 2020. “He tweets, but I can’t talk about it — how fair is that?”
Bolton’s book, which contains allegations concerning President Trump’s personal involvement in the Ukraine activities that precipitated his impeachment and eventual acquittal, has been going through a standard prepublication security review for classified information. He has been working with the White House National Security Counsel since December 30th throughout this process, according to Bolton’s legal counsel, Charles Cooper.
The NSC and Bolton’s team have butted heads about the information contained in the manuscript, according to correspondence between the partied involved. The NSC discovered that the book contained “significant amounts” of classified information. However, Bolton’s lawyer rebutted, maintaining that none of it “could reasonably be considered classified.”
Bolton stated on Monday night that it has “not been [his] intention to reveal any classified information, but to tell people what actually went on so that they can judge for themselves whether it’s appropriate.”
“I really hope it is not suppressed,” Bolton commented on the book.
Despite Bolton’s desire to divulge his knowledge of the president’s personal involvement with Ukraine, he refused to reveal any new information on Monday night. Instead, he called on people to read his book.
When he was questioned if he agreed with the president’s statement that his July 25th call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “perfect”, Bolton responded jokingly that the audience will “love chapter 14.”
In his book, “The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir,” Bolton is expected to make at least two explosive allegations about President Trump, based on excerpts of the manuscript that the New York Times obtained and released. These allegations include Trump’s decision to personally tie aid to Ukraine with investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, and the other occasion was when Trump asked Bolton to set up a meeting between Zelenskiy and Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney.
Trump has denied Bolton’s allegations.
“I never instructed John Bolton to set up a meeting for Rudy Giuliani, one of the greatest corruption fighters in America and by far the greatest mayor in the history of N.Y.C., to meet with President Zelenskiy,” Trump said in a statement to the New York Times. “That meeting never happened.”
Bolton was a controversial figure within the Trump administration.
The former National Security Adviser was a staunch advocate of hawkish actions in Iran and Venezuela and represented the failed neoconservative strategy of previous presidential administrations.
Trump was correct in firing him, and now Bolton is taking out his frustration in a way that’s reminiscent to a schoolgirl with a petty grudge.
After his book is published, he’ll likely be back to slithering around the halls of D.C. in search of a new regime change campaign to promote.