Wow! Somebody is pretty damned scared!
Courtesy of CNN:
The White House has issued a formal threat to former national security adviser John Bolton to keep him from publishing his book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
The letter comes in the midst of President Donald Trump attacking Bolton on Twitter, and Bolton’s lawyer accusing the White House of corrupting the vetting process for Bolton’s book by sharing the contents of the book with those outside the National Security Council’s Records Management Division.
Trump’s tweets attacking Bolton Wednesday morning suggested he knew the contents of the manuscript.
Apparently some of the reason being used to block this book is the allegation that it contains top secret information.
Courtesy of the New York Post:
The White House says that former national security adviser John Bolton’s book contains classified information that rises to the top secret level and should not be published.
In a letter addressed to Bolton’s lawyer, a National Security Council official said it has reviewed the book and “the manuscript appears to contain significant amounts of classified information.”
“It also appears that some of this classified information is at the TOP SECRET level,” Ellen J. Knight, the senior director for records, access, and information security management wrote in the letter dated Jan. 23 and obtained by several media outlets and the Associated Press on Wednesday.
“Under federal law and the nondisclosure agreements your client signed as a condition for gaining access to classified information, the manuscript may not be published or otherwise disclosed without the deletion of this classified information,” she wrote to Charles J. Cooper.
The letter also notes that the book is still under review and national security council officials would be willing to work with Bolton “by identifying the classified information with the manuscript, while at the same time ensuring that publication does not harm the national security of the United States.”
It is interesting that the White House is arguing that some of the content is top secret, because Trump is saying that the book is full of lies.
So which is it? Is it full of top secret truths, or a bunch of inconsequential lies?
One truth that we just learned of recently is that despite denials from the Trump Administration John Bolton DID raise concerns about the firing of Marie Yovanovich.
Also courtesy of the New York Post:
John Bolton raised the alarm about the firing of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch last year — telling the House Foreign Affairs Committee to look into her sacking because he thought it was suspect.
New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the committee’s Democrat chairman, revealed on Wednesday that Bolton called him in September, shortly after he was ousted as President Trump’s national security adviser, and “strongly implied” her dismissal was improper.
“President Trump is wrong that John Bolton didn’t say anything about the Trump-Ukraine Scandal at the time the President fired him. He said something to me,” Engel said in a statement released Wednesday morning.
“He and I spoke by telephone on September 23. On that call, Ambassador Bolton suggested to me — unprompted — that the committee look into the recall of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch,” he continued later.
“He strongly implied that something improper had occurred around her removal as our top diplomat in Kyiv.”
As I have stated before I am certainly no fan of John Bolton, but it definitely sounds as if he stuck to his principles and that his book is likely filled with honest representations of what he saw and heard while serving in the Trump Administration.
I think the White Houses’s argument about classified information is simply a blanket term that Trump’s people use to describe potentially scandalous information they are desperate to keep private.