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Bolton says he hopes book is not 'suppressed' by White House

By Jan Wolfe

 

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Former U.S. national security advisor John Bolton speaks at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Bolton, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, raised concern on Monday about his unpublished book being "suppressed" by the White House and suggested he should be able to respond to the president's tweets about him.

 

“I hope, ultimately, I can get the book published,” Bolton told a Duke University event in North Carolina during his first public remarks since Trump's acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial. “I hope it’s not suppressed.”

 

Asked about the president's criticism of him on Twitter, Bolton said: “He (Trump) tweets, but I can’t talk about it. How fair is that?”

 

Bolton, 71, left his post in September after disagreements with the president. Trump said he fired him. Bolton said he quit.

 

Media outlets reported in October that Bolton, a leading foreign policy hawk, was planning to write a book about his time in the Trump administration.

 

The New York Times reported that Bolton wrote in his manuscript that Trump wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democratic rival Joe Biden — an allegation that fuelled Trump's impeachment.

 

On Dec. 18, the Democratic-led House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment charging Trump with abuse of power and obstructing Congress relating to his actions in Ukraine. Trump denied wrongdoing and denounced the impeachment process as a sham.

 

The Republican-led Senate acquitted Trump largely along party lines on Feb. 5 in only the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history.

 

Bolton had refused to cooperate with the House impeachment investigation, but said on Jan. 6 he would be willing to testify in the Senate trial if subpoenaed to do so. Democrats sought his testimony at the trial, but the chamber voted not to call witnesses.

 

The White House informed Bolton in January that his book manuscript appeared to contain “significant amounts of classified information” and could not be published in its current form.

 

Bolton said during Monday's event that the White House was still doing a pre-publication review of his manuscript.

 

(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Peter Cooney)

 

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Bolton has already distributed pre-release copies of his book.

 

Good luck keeping those under lock and key.

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49 minutes ago, Chomper Higgot said:

Bolton has already distributed pre-release copies of his book.

 

Good luck keeping those under lock and key.

We know better understand why he did it.

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3 hours ago, Chomper Higgot said:

Bolton has already distributed pre-release copies of his book.

 

Good luck keeping those under lock and key.

Have you got a copy we would love to read the truth.

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In the US? From the White House? Naaahhhh, not in a democracy - even if warmonger Bolton was at it - or not? 

Or is it a publicity stunt to promote a book nobody wants to spend money on, lest read it? 

 

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Perhaps he makes these statements in the hopes it will boost the sales of his book by making it more appealing as a "suppressed" rag.

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1 hour ago, spidermike007 said:

One of the more curious aspects of this man, and this episode is the question of, did he not know who he was working for, at the time he accepted the position? Or was it simply too hard to resist, no matter who his boss was, and what his boss was made of? At this stage no matter how you felt about him previously, it is hard to muster up much sympathy for Blindfold Bolton now.

Our views are generally worlds apart but I wholeheartedly agree with you on this one.

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Publish it in the UK instead. The US published a book banned by the UK's authorities about British death squads operating in NI during the troubles.

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Book should be titled: "Confessions of yet another Whitehouse fired disgruntled ex-employee!

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He’s no patriot if he cared he would have testified he wants money now donald on the other hand will do anything he can to suppress truth and facts on this matter imo Bolton is (blank) out of luck on getting his book published lol 

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