Courtesy of NYT:
President Trump’s former national security adviser John R. Bolton can go forward with the publication of his memoir, a federal judge ruled on Saturday, rejecting the administration’s request for an order that he try to pull the book back and saying it was too late for such an order to succeed.
“With hundreds of thousands of copies around the globe — many in newsrooms — the damage is done. There is no restoring the status quo,” wrote Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia.
But in a 10-page opinion, Judge Lamberth also suggested that Mr. Bolton may be in jeopardy of forfeiting his $2 million advance, as the Justice Department has separately requested — and that he could be prosecuted for allowing the book to be published before receiving final notice that a prepublication review to scrub out classified information was complete.
“Bolton has gambled with the national security of the United States,” Judge Lamberth 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.”
I think this is the perfect ruling.
My dream is that we get all of the juicy details that Bolton withheld from Congress in the book and that he does not benefit one little bit financially from its publication.
I despise John Bolton and consider him a traitor, so while I certainly do want to hear the behind the scenes stories from the Trump White House, I really want Bolton to walk away virtually penniless.
The enemy of my enemy is not my friend if that enemy is John Bolton.