Former national security adviser John Bolton has become the latest former Trump administration official to pen a tell-all book about his time in the White House.
President Donald Trump hit back this week, however, calling Bolton’s memoir “inappropriate” and even suggesting some of the its contents could constitute a violation of the law.
If the book contains classified information as Trump suggested, the author could face significant legal consequences.
“He would have criminal problems”
Reports indicate the book will take a scathing look at the president and his administration as speculation swirls in the nation’s capital regarding what type of revelations it might include.
For Trump’s part, he recently expressed displeasure over his former adviser’s decision, calling his conversations with Bolton “highly classified information” that should not be published.
The Trump administration has also considered plans to sue Bolton over the book, as reported by The Hill.
“I will consider every conversation with me as president highly classified,” the president said. “So that would mean if he wrote a book and the book gets out, he’s broken the law and I would think he would have criminal problems.”
“Known not to tell the truth”
Trump had not read the book, titled The Room Where It Happened, when he addressed reporters on Monday, but claimed that Bolton has “been known not to tell the truth, a lot.”
Bolton’s book is set to be released on June 23, following delays caused by the administration’s concerns. His attorney, Charles Cooper, called the opposition a “transparent attempt to use national security as a pretext to censor Mr. Bolton, in violation of his constitutional right to speak on matters of the utmost public import.”
A White House attorney reportedly informed the author last week that his manuscript still contained classified information.
The book’s publishing company, Simon & Schuster, confirmed that Bolton has already responded to requests from the National Security Council to edit its contents.
Even as Bolton entered the Trump administration, some critics pointed to his hawkish foreign policy stance as evidence that he would not be a good fit in the position. Now, he appears to be the latest former official to turn his time at the White House into a tell-all memoir.