The lawsuit over whether the federal government can take Bolton’s proceeds from the book continues.
Bolton maintains that he did not intend to disclose classified information and believed that the Trump administration classified information about the president after the book had undergone almost all necessary approval steps. The book approval official Bolton worked with backed his retelling of the process, saying through his lawyer that Trump allies sought to protect the president.
Judge Royce Lamberth of the DC District Court ruled Thursday that Bolton’s body of evidence will be heavily scrutinized in his court. He will be able to seek some evidence from younger officials in the beginning and must get the judge̵
“Bolton may only discover his allegations that President Trump or senior White House officials acted in bad faith by deliberately delaying prior publication and by attempting to unduly influence classification decisions,” Lamberth wrote.
The Bolton book – a major detrimental moment for Trump politically during an election year – is one of those episodes that also garnered significant criticism of the Trump administration’s politicization of the intelligence community and the Department of Justice.
Former Attorney General William Barr had signed a request from the White House to sue to stop the publication of Bolton’s book, an extraordinary move days before its publication.
In line with his hands-off approach outside his political circle, Barr now sent acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen to discuss with attorneys from the department how to file a lawsuit against Bolton, according to a person familiar with the case. Lawyers advised that an attempt to stop Bolton’s book publishing was fatal. Their concerns were ignored and Barr signed the case, the person said. The part of the lawsuit that sought to stop the publication failed because the book was already in the bookseller’s hands.