White House: Bolton's book can't be out for national security reasons


The White House told former national security advisor John Bolton that a book reportedly containing damaging evidence for President Donald Trump can not be published because it breaks secrecy laws.

"Under federal law and the nondisclosure agreements your client signed as a condition for gaining access to classified information, the manuscript may not be published or otherwise disclosed without the deletion of this classified information", Ellen Knight of the National Security Council Records Management Division wrote to Cooper. They also asked multiple questions about White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who bluntly acknowledged a quid pro quo with Ukraine at a news conference past year.

The pressure campaign is a the heart of impeachment articles against Trump, and the report comes on what could be the final day of the president's Senate trial.

On Wednesday, Trump lashed out at Bolton in a flurry of tweets deeming the memoir "nasty & untrue" and alleging that had he heeded Bolton's advice, "we would be in World War Six by now". Democrats need four Republican senators to join them in voting for witnesses in order to get a majority in the 100-seat Senate.

Trump and his supporters have pummeled Bolton in the media.

President Trump had a few things to say about John Bolton in the early hours of Wednesday-and the White House may have said something to him, if CNN's sources are to be believed.

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton says he'll testify in Donald Trump's impeachment trial, and it's clearly hit a nerve with the president. Democrats say Trump asked the vulnerable ally to investigate Biden and debunked theories of 2016 election interference, withholding American security aid to the country as it battled Russian Federation at its border.

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In the tweet , Trump also complained that Bolton, after he was sacked , "goes out and IMMEDIATELY writes a nasty & untrue book". Democrats need four Republican senators to join them in voting for witnesses in order to get a majority in the 100-seat Senate.

United States media report that in a closed door meeting with Republican senators on Tuesday, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said he did not have enough votes to block witnesses, but senior Republicans later said they were confident of securing the votes.

In her letter, Knight said her office would work with Bolton to "revise the manuscript" so he can "tell his story in a manner that protects US national security". National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said Wednesday he is "pretty confident" the leak did not come from NSC.

The previously private exchange signals the likelihood of a protracted dispute over the contents of Bolton's book and whether he could testify about his knowledge of President Trump's activities related to Ukraine. Engel said Bolton suggested to him in a September 23 phone call that the panel should look into Trump's removal last May of Marie Yovanovitch as American ambassador to Ukraine, a pivotal event in the Ukraine matter. Bolton has already indicated to lawmakers that he will testify if called, despite Trump's order banning his former and current aides from cooperating in the probe, which he has repeatedly dismissed as a "hoax" and "witch hunt".

Giuliani has been zealously heading a months-long investigation to dig up information on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine. There is no time limit on the answers, which can not be challenged by senators, Senate aides said.

In a statement, Trump denied the account in Bolton's manuscript. While doing so, Trump withheld $391 million in military aid to Ukraine and dangled a White House meeting that Zelensky desperately sought.

"We're not meddling in an election, we're meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do", Giuliani told The Times when asked whether by going to Ukraine and pressing for the inquiry he was inviting foreign interference in the 2020 election.