The White House’s attempts to block former national security adviser John Bolton’s forthcoming book have hit another road block this weekend, thanks to the ruling of a DC district judge.
Bolton’s memoir, entitled The Room Where it Happened, has been promised to deliver some scathing tidbits regarding the longtime Washington figure’s time in the Trump White House. The only problem for Bolton is that the tome never completed the governments stringent clearance process and is said to contain information that was deemed either classified or unfit to print, according to the Trump administration.
The issue came to a head this week after the DOJ sued to stop the immediate release of the book. The fate of that litigious lurch is now known, however, and it has left the White House up in arms.
And, to be fair, the judge in the case wasn’t too pleased about the situation either.
Judge Royce Lamberth of the D.C. District Court said that Bolton may still be facing legal trouble and that because of a rush to print, it was likely his book contains classified information.
But with hundreds of thousands of copies of the book already out for sale, according to its publisher, the judge ruled that the administration’s efforts had come too late. “The damage is done,” he wrote in a 10-page opinion.
“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,” Lamberth concluded. “But these facts do not control the motion before the Court. The government has failed to establish that an injunction will prevent irreparable harm.”
Copies of Bolton’s book have already, (and somewhat predictably), leaked to the press, making this ruling a bit of a moot point, perhaps.
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