Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is stuck between a rock and a hard place this week, as excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton’s forthcoming memoir have leaked to the press.
In the publicly released material, Bolton appears to refute the defense put forth by Trump’s impeachment defense team by directly linking the President’s desire for an investigation into the Biden family business dealing in Ukraine to military aid for the tiny European nation.
This has cramped McConnell’s plans to breeze through the Senate impeachment trial without witnesses or further fact-finding tangents.
The White House has recognized this looming trouble, and are now taking steps to get out ahead of any further Bolton bombshells.
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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.
In a letter to Bolton’s lawyer, a top official at the National Security Council wrote the unpublished manuscript of Bolton’s book “appears to contain significant amounts of classified information” and couldn’t be published as written.
The letter, which is dated January 23, said some of the information was classified at the “top secret” level, meaning it “reasonably could be expected to cause exceptionally grave harm to the national security.”
“The manuscript may not be published or otherwise disclosed without the deletion of this classified information,” the letter read.
President Trump himself took a shot at Bolton today on Twitter, insinuating that if he had listened to all of the advice from the former national security adviser, we would already be engaged in “World War Six”.
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