Grand Jury Issued Criminal Subpoenas In Connection With John Bolton Book

The Room Where It Happened

The US Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into whether President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser John Bolton mishandled classified information when he published a book about his time in the White House, multiple US media outlets have reported.

The move prompted the head of the department's national security division to open the criminal investigation, a person briefed on the case told the newspaper.

"We are aware of reports that grand jury subpoenas have been issued seeking information concerning the publication of Ambassador Bolton's recent book", Cooper said in a statement.

Bolton's attorney has argued that the pre-publication review of Bolton's book was unfairly politicized by the White House after he was initially informed by an NSC official Ellen Knight that she had finished the review of his book and "was of the judgment that the manuscript draft did not contain classified information".

Lamberth also said he was "persuaded that defendant Bolton likely jeopardized national security by disclosing classified information in violation of his nondisclosure agreement obligations". The convening of a federal grand jury does not necessarily mean that Bolton will ultimately face criminal charges as a result of the investigation.

Bolton's book, 'The Room Where it Happened, ' offered his take on the president's interactions with Ukraine, which led to Trump's impeachment in Congress. Bolton wrote that Democrats in Congress should have probed Trump's interference in DOJ probes to 'give personal favors to dictators he liked'. "He has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability", Lamberth wrote.


Bolton's lawyer, Charles Cooper, has accused the government of slow-walking the review of Bolton's book before it was published. "But these facts do not control the motion before the court".

Even though Mr. Bolton did not receive a final approval letter from the White House, he told Simon & Schuster to publish anyway. "Bolton broke the law and has been called out and rebuked for so doing, with a really big price to pay".

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

The book, "The Room Where it Happened", was released in June after a federal judge denied the Justice Department's request to block its publication. Trump, Bolton said, "just despised any indication that somehow Russian Federation had influenced his election in 2016 because he felt it would delegitimize it".

Lamberth, who is overseeing the case, said in June that Bolton should have sued the government rather than prematurely approve the memoir for release before the process was complete.

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