Trump Suggests ‘Criminal Probes’ Into John Bolton’s New Book
President Donald Trump has suggested that John Bolton’s new book could result in criminal probes for its author. The former National Security Advisor’s book, The Room Where It Happened, is set to strongly criticize the President and perhaps allege serious wrongdoing.
At an event yesterday, Trump made a number of statements about the book and claimed – falsely – that its publication could be illegal.
“If he wrote a book, and the book gets out, he’s broken the law,” Trump said. “I would think he would have criminal problems. I hope so.”
“Somebody said he went out and wrote a book,” the President said. “”If he wrote a book, I can’t imagine that he can, because that’s highly classified information.”
“Even conversations with me, they’re highly classified,” he went on. “I will consider every conversation with me as president highly classified.”
As a CNN Business report was keen to point out, there is major dispute about Trump’s claim that Bolton is about to publish classified information, while his First Amendment Rights would seem to preclude any legal action if the book is indeed free from classified info.
Extracts of the book released to the press have shown Bolton intends to claim Trump misconduct with foreign nations other than Ukraine, for which he was impeached earlier this year.