US judge denies Trump’s request to block Bolton’s book
WASHINGTON (US) – A US judge denied on Saturday the Trump government’s request for an injunction to block publication of a book by the president’s former national security adviser John Bolton in which he alleges Trump sought China’s help to win re-election.
“While Bolton’s unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns, the government has not established that an injunction is an appropriate remedy,” US District Judge Royce Lamberth said in his ruling.
The Trump administration had sought a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the publication of “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” saying it contained classified information and threatened national security.
The book, which is slated to hit store shelves on Tuesday, is already in the hands of the media.
“Defendant Bolton has gambled with the national security of the United States. He has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability,” the judge wrote.
“With hundreds of thousands of copies around the globe —many in newsrooms — the damage is done,” Lamberth said, adding that Bolton had acted unilaterally by proceeding to publish without waiting for pre-publication review by the government.
Bolton faces a civil suit that seeks to force him to give the US right to all profits from the book.
“The judge was very powerful in his statement on classified information and very powerful also on the fact that the country will get the money, any money he makes,” Trump said. “Whatever he makes, he’s going to be giving back.”
In a later interview with Fox News Channel, Trump called what Bolton did “treasonous.”
“He should go to jail for that for many, many years,” he said.
Publishers Simon & Schuster and Bolton’s lawyer Charles Cooper welcomed the ruling.
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