White House moves to bar John Bolton book over ‘top secret’ material
The White House told former national security advisor John Bolton that a book he has written reportedly containing damaging evidence for President Donald Trump cannot be published in its current form because it breaks secrecy laws.
The warning was made in a letter to Bolton’s lawyer dated January 23 but only made public on Wednesday as Trump’s impeachment trial intensified in the Senate.
The National Security Council said after preliminary review of the manuscript -- a vetting process applied to any White House employees writing books -- that it contained “significant amounts of classified information.”
“Some of this information is at the TOP SECRET level,” the NSC said in a letter to Bolton’s lawyer Charles Cooper, adding that “the manuscript may not be published or otherwise disclosed without the deletion of this classified information.”
Bolton’s lawyer pushed back at the White House claims in a letter sent the next day, which he also made public on Wednesday.
“We do not believe that any of that information could reasonably be considered classified,” Cooper wrote.
Democrats are pressing for the Senate to subpoena Bolton after reports that his White House memoir “The Room Where it Happened” corroborates the key abuse-of-power impeachment charge against Trump.
Bolton reportedly writes that the president personally told him in August that a freeze in military aid to Ukraine was directly linked to Trump’s demand that Kiev announce investigations into Joe Biden, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In his letter, Cooper asks the NSC to rapidly conclude its review of the manuscript, in light of the possibility Bolton may be subpoenaed to appear at Trump’s trial.
“If he is called to testify, it seems certain that he will be asked questions that will elicit much of the information... dealing with his involvement in matter relating to Ukraine,” wrote Cooper, who said he had received no response as of Wednesday.
Several hours before the NSC letter went public, Trump lashed out at Bolton on Twitter, saying he had written a “nasty & untrue book. All Classified National Security.”
Despite the formal review process of Bolton’s book, drafts have already circulated around Washington, where the passages describing Trump’s relationship with Ukraine caused a sensation.
At a news conference in Davos last week, Trump indicated he was worried about Bolton, whom he fired in 2019.
Trump said the veteran foreign policy advisor “knows some of my thoughts. He knows what I think about leaders. What happens if he reveals what I think about a certain leader and it’s not very positive?”
A writer who penned a piece titled "How To Murder Your Husband" is on trial in the United States for...killingnovelist Nancy Crampton Brophy'sr husband. Prosecutors say the 71-year-old writer was struggling to make payments on her mortgage, but kept up multiple life assurance policies that would pay out a total of $1.4 million in the event of hDandemise. Daniel Brophy, 63, was found dead that morning by students readying for a class.
Covid-19 cases are increasing in the United States — and could get even worse over the coming months, federal health officials warned Wednesday in urging areas hardest hit to consider reissuing calls for indoor masking. Increasing numbers of Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations are putting more of the country under guidelines issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that call for masking and other infection precautions.
A 911 dispatcher has been placed on leave and may lose her job after allegedly hanging up on an supermarket employee hiding during this weekend's shooting rampage in Buffalo, New York. “Termination will be sought” for the dispatcher at a disciplinary hearing later this month, said spokesperson for the executive of Erie County, Peter Anderson, in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday. Anderson said it's unclear who hung up on whom.
A team of Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigations Department have questioned four Members of Parliament (MPs), including two former ministers, over last week's violence against protesters at two protest sites in Colombo, the country's largest city, local media has reported. According to reports, a CID team arrived at the Parliament Complex on Wednesday to interrogate--with the Speaker's permission--and record the statements of Rohitha Abeygunawardena and CB Ratnayake, both former ministers.
Though this is the first confirmed case in the United States, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing for the possibility of more monkeypox cases. Here are 10 things to know about monkeypox and the 1st case in the United States in 2022 1. The Massachusetts man travelled to Canada at the end of April to meet friends and returned in early May. This is the first case of monkeypox this year.