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Trump administration sues to delay release of Bolton book


Erin Schaff – New York Times

FILE -- Then National Security Advisor John Bolton in the Oval Office in Washington, July 19, 2019. More than two months before he asked Ukraine's president to investigate his political opponents, Trump directed John Bolton to help extract damaging information on Democrats from Ukrainian officials, according to Bolton's unpublished manuscript.

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration sued former national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday to delay the publication of a book that the White House says contains classified information and that is expected to paint an unfavorable portrait of the president's foreign policy decision-making.

The civil lawsuit in Washington's federal court follows warnings from President Donald Trump that Bolton could face a "criminal problem" if he doesn't halt plans to publish the book, which is scheduled for release next week.

The complaint is the latest salvo in a contentious relationship between Trump and the hawkish Bolton, who was abruptly forced from the White House last September after repeated disagreements on national security matters. It moves their rift into court, where a judge will be asked to decide whether Bolton short-circuited proper procedures to get his book on the market - something his lawyer and publisher have strongly denied.


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