Despite the Trump administration’s efforts to stop its release next week, a recent court ruling paved the way for former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s controversial memoir to hit the shelves on schedule.
It did not protect Bolton from criticism, however. According to the Washington Examiner, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has labeled Bolton as a “traitor” who is willing to sell out his country for a price.
“Both sad and dangerous”
Bolton became the latest former member of the administration to write a tell-all book upon parting ways, and some of the revelations found in The Room Where It Happened have already found their way into news reports.
President Donald Trump, for his part, has alleged that the book contains classified information and that Bolton could face criminal penalties for writing it. And Pompeo seems to feel similarly.
“It is both sad and dangerous that John Bolton’s final public role is that of a traitor who damaged America by violating his sacred trust with its people,” the secretary of State said, according to the Examiner.
Nevertheless, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that the book can go out as planned despite his admonishment that Bolton had “gambled with the national security of the United States,” the Times of Israel reported.
The judge went on to advise that Bolton “has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability,” but determined that “these facts do not control the motion” on which he was tasked with ruling.
“The government has failed to establish that an injunction will prevent irreparable harm,” Lamberth concluded.
“Called out and rebuked”
In a statement released shortly after the judge’s decision, Bolton’s attorney heralded it as a victory for his client and for freedom of speech in general.
Chuck Cooper said that Lamberth prevented the Trump administration’s efforts to “suppress” the book’s contents, adding that the ruling “vindicated the strong First Amendment protections against censorship and prior restraint of publication,” according to the Times of Israel.
Trump, however, tweeted his assertion that his former National Security adviser “broke the law and has been called out and rebuked for so doing, with a really big price to pay,” the Times noted.
As so much attention shifts to the forthcoming memoir and the salacious details it purports to contain, voters will be left to decide how much, if at all, the information will impact their decision in November.