Bolton fac­ing crim­i­nal probe for tell-all on Don, sez re­port

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY DAVE GOLDINER

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.

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