Bolton facing criminal probe for tell-all on Don, sez report
Former national security adviser John Bolton is reportedly now the subject of a criminal investigation by the Justice Department, which accuses him of disclosing classified information in his tell-all book that took aim at President Trump.
A grand jury has been convened and is subpoenaing records related to the publication of Bolton’s memoir “The Room Where It Happened,” The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Trump was stung by the unflattering portrait of him in the Bolton book and has called for the hawkish adviser to be imprisoned and fined for spilling government secrets.
Bolton insists he was doing a public service, although he refused to testify to the impeachment inquiry about key moments in Trump’s improper effort to pressure Ukraine to smear Democratic rival, Joe Biden.
Along with the Ukraine revelations, Bolton wrote that Trump asked Chinese strongman Xi Jinping to help him win the presidential election by improving trade ties and buying large quantities of agricultural products.
Bolton’s lawyer said he would cooperate fully with any probe.
“Bolton emphatically rejects any claim that he acted improperly, let alone criminally, in connection with the publication of his book,” Charles Cooper said in a statement.
A grand jury investigation would have had to have been approved by Attorney General William Barr. It reportedly came after a referral from fellow Trump acolyte Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe.