ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS BOLTON WILL “FORFEIT” $2 MILLION ADVANCE
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 21, 2020) — In an hour-long interview with “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo touching on a number of national-interest topics, U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr said that former national security adviser John Bolton’s upcoming book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” contains “very highly-classified” information.
On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth held a hearing in response to the Justice Department’s request for an injunction to prevent the public release of the book scheduled for Tuesday.
Lamberth’s ten-page opinion issued Saturday morning acknowledged the government’s concerns but found its request for an injunction to be “unavailing” since the book has already been widely circulated. However, Lamberth concluded that Bolton “likely published classified materials” and warned him that “he has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability.”
Barr told Bartiromo that Bolton failed to “complete” the review process undertaken by the federal government to clear the work for publication.
Following the release of Lamberth’s opinion, Bolton’s attorney, Charles Cooper, said while he appreciated the judge’s decision not to enjoin the book from going on sale Tuesday, his client fully adhered to proper procedure before sending the manuscript to the publisher and that the “full story” is yet revealed.
While most in the mainstream media saw the opinion as a setback for the administration, President Trump on Saturday morning defined it as a “big win.” During his interview with Bartiromo, Barr appeared confident that should the release of the book occur on schedule, Bolton will be forced to forfeit his $2 million advance from the publisher, Simon & Schuster.
Bartiromo’s show airs at 10:00 AM EDT each Sunday. As of this writing (11:16 a.m. EDT), her production team has not posted any of the segments from her interview with Barr. However, portions of the interview can be found on Bartiromo’s Twitter timeline.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.