US Judge Denies Trump’s Bid to Block Bolton’s Book but Criticizes Ex-Adviser

 A U.S. judge denied on Saturday a request by the Trump administration for an injunction to block publication of a book by Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton that alleges the president sought China’s help to win re-election.

“While Bolton’s unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns, the government has not established that an injunction is an appropriate remedy,” U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said in his ruling.

The administration had sought a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the publication of “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” saying it contained classified information and threatened national security.

The book, scheduled to hit store shelves on Tuesday, is already in the hands of media organizations.

“Defendant Bolton has gambled with the national security of the United States. He has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability,” the judge wrote.

But he said an injunction would be too late to stem the harm. “With hundreds of thousands of copies around the globe —many in newsrooms — the damage is done,” Lamberth said.Lamberth also said Bolton had acted unilaterally by proceeding to publish without waiting for prepublication review by the government.

A civil suit is pending against Bolton that seeks to force him to give the United States the right to all of the profits from the book.

Speaking to reporters as he departed the White House to fly to a campaign rally in Oklahoma, Trump again charged that Bolton had released classified information and lauded the judge’s rebuke of Bolton as “a great ruling.””The judge was very powerful in his statement on classified information and very powerful also on the fact that the country will get the money, any money he makes,” Trump said. “Whatever he makes, he’s going to be giving back.”

In a later interview with Fox News Channel, Trump called what Bolton did “treasonous.”

“He should go to jail for that for many, many years,” he said.

Publishers Simon & Schuster and Bolton’s lawyer Charles Cooper welcomed the ruling.

“We respectfully take issue, however, with the Court’s preliminary conclusion at this early stage of the case that Ambassador Bolton did not comply fully with his contractual prepublication obligation to the government,” Cooper said in a statement.

Bolton’s book has drawn wide attention for its withering portrayal of Trump. Bolton describes Trump as imploring Chinese President Xi Jinping for help in winning his 2020 re-election bid, and details alleged improprieties not addressed in Trump’s impeachment trial.

Trump ousted Bolton, a foreign policy hawk, last September after 17 months as national security adviser.

(Reporting By Lucia Mutikani; Additional reporting by Tim Ahmann and Joel Schectman; Editing by Marguerita Choy, Daniel Wallis and Muralikumar Anantharaman)

Responses

  1. Phylliphilis doesn’t know how to write brief thoughts. This diatribe isn’t worth reading either. The copy and paste Queen of IJR.

  2. Since the book is not available to the general public until Tuesday, I am going on what the journalists, who have had access to the book for days, have reported. Nothing I have heard has not been public knowledge for months, so it is perplexing what is considered “highly classified.” Trump claims it contains “lies,” so how CAN “lies” and information publicly shared BY TRUMP be “highly classified.”

    We KNEW the D’s had MANY charges to pursue in Trump’s impeachment and elected to singularly focus on Ukraine. Mueller testified that Trump had lied when answering the written questions. Mueller provided 10 instances of obstruction of justice which the report clearly indicates he was referring to Congress explicitly referencing the JOD’s policy NOT to indict a sitting POTUS. On Oct 3, 2019 Trump publicly admitted to wanting Ukraine to investigate the Bidens AND publicly voicing that he wanted China to investigate Joe & Hunter Biden. The public has known since Erdogan visit to the Trump WH in 2017 that Trump folds when it comes to authoritarian dictator Erdogan. In early Oct 2019, Trump confirmed he had not changed his position on Erdogan when he publicly announced the withdraw of troops from Syria. Is anyone skeptical that Trump would “obstruct” a SDNY investigation of Turkish government owned banks???
    As far as Trump being “incompetent” and “unfit for office” Not exactly an uncommon opinion.

    1. Good job with your BS once again for your libby friends. No facts (not seeing the whole book) but spewing your BS.

      1. Phyllis why don’t you give the facts that the judge chastised Bolton? Thats OK, I will answer myself. Because its factual.

        1. The facts to which you refer are in Lucia Mutikani’s reporting. I was responding the judge’s statement. Hey, I am no fan of Bolton…or Trump. I am a believer of the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Do I think Bolton should have testified? YES. Do I think Republican Senators would have voted differently? NOPE. Forever in the history books will be their belief that just because a POTUS commits impeachable offense, doesn’t mean he should be removed from office.

          1. The fact that the judge chastised Bolton indicates that there are issues with the book that are not yet known. Why would he have done that if he did not see something in the book?

      2. WHAT in the reporting of the book was unknown to you, Paul? If info is public knowledge, HOW can it be “highly classified” and a “threat to national security” if it is already known to the American public? The only tidbit released to date that was unknown was Sec Pompeo TELLING Bolton, “[Trump] is full of sh-t.” But the idea that Trump is full of it, is common knowledge globally. Information can not be public knowledge AND “highly classified.” And even in Trump world, does it make sense to classify information you perceive as “lies” to be designated “highly classified”??

        1. I do not know what is unknown to me in the book because I have not seen it but the judge sure saw something.

          You must be clairvoyant.

    2. “so it is perplexing what is considered “highly classified.” Phyllis

      Anything that shines light on King Donald The Loser’s character, actions or words are described by hin as “highly classified”.

      I noticed that the Judge did not specify exactly what Bolton wrote about that raised security concerns with him, either.

      1. Is there a person on earth that is unaware of Trump’s character, actions or words? Even in Trump world public knowledge can’t be “highly classified.”

    3. I see that the saying ‘It’s better to be silent and thought stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt’ is about you.

  3. Another judge tells the Caucasian N*GGER-IN-CHIEF

    trumplenoskin to go phuhk himself.

    Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelicious !

    1. Let me guess… You’re a Democrat? Nailed it! You’re a petty, foul mouth snowflake.

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