John Bolton: Criminal inquiry opened into explosive book

Criminal inquiry opened into explosive book
As national security adviser, John Bolton was a major figure in US foreign policy. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times: Former US National Security Adviser John Bolton is being investigated for possibly disclosing classified information when he published his memoir in June.

The US Department of Justice launched a criminal case after failing to stop the publication of his book named The Room Where It Happened.

Mr Bolton denies all the accusations against him.

His book shows a president ignorant of geopolitical facts and whose decisions are driven by a desire for re-election.

President Trump made it clear at the time of publication, that he wanted his former aide prosecuted, describing him “grossly incompetent” and “a liar”.

Mr Bolton served as Donald Trump’s national security adviser in 2018-19.

The case would focus on Mr Bolton’s claim that the manuscript of his book had passed through a pre-publication national security review, and claims by critics that it did not complete that review.

A grand jury convened by the Department of Justice has now formally issued subpoenas to the Javelin Agency, which represents Mr Bolton and the Simon & Schuster publishing company.

Mr Bolton’s lawyer Charles J. 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.”

Many of Mr Bolton’s allegations in the book are based on private conversations and are impossible to verify.

Among them are the following claims:

  • The US President sought help from Chinese President Xi Jinping to win the 2020 vote, stressing the “importance of farmers and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome”
  • President Trump also said China’s construction of internment camps in the Xinjiang region was the “right thing to do”
  • He was willing to intervene in criminal investigations “to, in effect, give personal favours to dictators he liked”. Mr Bolton said the President was willing to assist Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over a case involving a Turkish company
  • Mr Trump leader said invading Venezuela would be “cool” and that the South American nation was “really part of the United States”
  • The US leader was unaware the UK was a nuclear power and once asked a senior aide if Finland was part of Russia
  • Just days before the book’s publication, President Donald Trump said the book was “made up of lies and fake stories”.
  • Mr Trump said in a tweet: “Many of the ridiculous statements he attributes to me were never made, pure fiction. Just trying to get even for firing him like the sick puppy he is!”

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