Lawyer: Bolton will cooperate with any probe into his book

Grand Jury Issued Criminal Subpoenas In Connection With John Bolton Book

The Department of Justice has launched an investigation into whether former national security adviser John Bolton unlawfully revealed classified information in his recent tell-all, "The Room Where It Happened".

A grand jury has been convened to investigate whether the publication of "The Room Where It Happened", Bolton's memoir of his 17-month tenure as President Donald Trump's national security adviser, violated laws concerning disclosure of classified information, sources familiar with the matter told the New York Times on Tuesday. If this goes badly for Bolton, he might have to forfeit proceeds from the book on top of whatever penalty he would face for the alleged breach of classified information.

But the White House initiated another review without notifying Mr. Bolton, and the official involved in that review said in an affidavit that he found multiple instances of classified information in the manuscript as part of that process.

"While Bolton's unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns, the government has not established that an injunction is an appropriate remedy", Lamberth wrote. Bolton also said Trump is woefully uninformed about basic matters of foreign policy and is obsessed with shaping media coverage of his presidency.

The Times reported some of the lawyers referenced a federal judge who, in June, said the Justice Department's case to halt the publication of Bolton's book - which was ultimately unsuccessful - contained some valid points.

The Trump administration previously sought a court order to prevent Bolton from publishing the book, which is highly critical of Trump.

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"Bolton has gambled with the national security of the United States", Lamberth wrote.

Federal District Court Judge Royce Lambert denied the government's request, after much of Bolton's book had already come out.

Bolton left the White House last September in a parting of ways he and Trump have both insisted was their idea. The president has claimed that Bolton "broke the law" and "should be in jail" for "disseminating, for profit, highly Classified information". Trump, Bolton said, "just despised any indication that somehow Russian Federation had influenced his election in 2016 because he felt it would delegitimize it".

President Trump has criticized Bolton on Twitter: "He turned out to be grossly incompetent, and a liar".

At issue is whether Mr. Bolton received signoff from the government that prepublication review process was complete.

"This was Bolton's bet: If he is right and the book does not contain classified information, he keeps the upside mentioned above; but if he is wrong, he stands to lose his profits from the book deal, exposes himself to criminal liability, and imperils national security", Lamberth said at the time.

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