Banning the Book over 'Top Secret' material

Banning the Book over 'Top Secret' material

John Bolton's lawyer this week disputed the National Security Council's (NSC) assertion that his client's unpublished book manuscript about President Donald Trump's administration and his dealings with Ukraine included classified information.

Bolton reportedly writes that the president personally told him in August that a freeze in military aid to Ukraine was directly linked to Trump's demand that Kiev announces investigations into Joe Biden, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. He said Bolton "couldn't get approved for the Ambassador to the United Nations years ago, couldn't get approved for anything since, "begged" me for a non Senate approved job" and added that "if I listened to him, we would be in World War Six by now".

Mr Trump disagreed in a tweet in which he complained that Mr Bolton, after he left the White House, "goes out and IMMEDIATELY writes a nasty & untrue book".

Bolton's account came during Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate, and has thrown a wrench into one of the main arguments for the president's defense team.

The previously private exchange signals the likelihood of a protracted dispute over the contents of Bolton's book and whether he could testify about his knowledge of President Trump's activities related to Ukraine.

- This was the first Democratic question of the evening and it encapsulated the principal unresolved issue of the impeachment trial: Will there be enough votes to allow witnesses?

Four Republicans will be required to vote with Democrats to achieve the majority required to call witnesses. Moderate Republican Senator Mitt Romney is likely to vote for him to testify. Bolton said earlier this month he was willing to testify before the Senate.

The president called President Zelensky to congratulate him on his election and then on his success in the parliamentarian election. After firing General H.R. McMaster, 57, as National Security Advisor in 2018, Trump replaced him with Bolton.

Kelly had already been on record that when he was chief of staff he had warned President Trump off actions that would lead to his certain impeachment.

A so-called "bombshell" excerpt from former National Security Adviser John Bolton's latest book was leaked over the weekend.

The Senate is expected on Friday to debate and vote on whether to call witnesses.

Trump is accused of cheating in his 2020 reelection effort by pressuring vulnerable ally Ukraine to announce investigations into both Bidens and a spurious conspiracy theory, promoted by Russian Federation, that Kiev helped the Democrats in 2016.

Bolton served as Trump's national security advisor from April 2018 to September 2019. And Trump has dismissed Bolton as a disgruntled employee whom he fired because of policy differences. Meanwhile, Bolton, his publisher and book agents have denied "coordination" with the New York Times. They also asked multiple questions about White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who bluntly acknowledged a quid pro quo with Ukraine at a news conference past year.

"Ambassador John Bolton, Simon & Schuster, and Javelin Literary categorically state that there was absolutely no co-ordination with the New York Times or anyone else regarding the appearance of information about his book, THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED, at online booksellers", they said.

Democrats view Bolton as a figure who could help them solidify their case against the president.

The manuscript is said to contain an account of the president directly informed Mr Bolton that he would withhold USA military aid to Ukraine to pressure Ukraine to help him win the 2020 USA elections.

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