John Bolton warns of possible 'censorship' of his White House memoir

Clay Curtis
February 18, 2020

"We'll have to see what comes out of the censorship".

The New York Times has reported that Bolton writes in his book that Trump sought his help with his Ukraine pressure campaign.

Former national security adviser John Bolton on Monday is scheduled to deliver his first public remarks since the conclusion of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

"I could read a chapter form my book here and give you the answer to that question", the ex-national security adviser reportedly added about the Helsinki meeting.

Democrats had been hoping that Bolton would testify in the Senate impeachment trial, but a measure to call witnesses was voted down and the president was acquitted of two articles of impeachment - abusing the power of his office and obstructing Congress in its investigation.

Referring to the president criticizing him on Twitter, Mr. Bolton said: "He tweets, but I can't talk about it".

Mr. Bolton said portions of the book address Ukraine, but he termed that part of the manuscript "sprinkles on the ice cream sundae" compared with other revelations in the book.

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Bolton's book, titled, "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir", is still undergoing analysis by the Trump administration, after the former national security advisor submitted the manuscript for a standard prepublication review. But Bolton, who also wrote a book about his time in the Bush administration as USA ambassador to the United Nations, has maintained that there is nothing classified in his book.

Meanwhile, outside the venue where Bolton was speaking, a crowd gathered for a "The People v John Bolton Rally", with the Facebook event page portraying Bolton as the "architect of the Iraq war, Islamophobe and war criminal" and calling out Duke University for hosting him as an "esteemed speaker". The Justice Department has denied that Barr knew Trump suggested the Ukrainians coordinate their investigations with the attorney general.

Bolton has been caught in a battle with the White House over "significant amounts of classified information" in his manuscript, per the White House's National Security Council.

Bolton also reportedly wrote that he told Barr he had concerns Trump had granted personal favors to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and President Xi Jinping of China.

Reflecting on his time in the administration on Monday night, Bolton said he "was willing to put up with a lot" in order to "pursue the right policies for America". He also said Trump's approach toward Iran is too lenient and a failure.

Bolton left Trump's administration in September after repeated disagreements with the president.

One of Bolton's deputies, Fiona Hill, testified in the House impeachment inquiry that Bolton had called Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, a "hand grenade who's going to blow everybody up" for his conduct on Trump's behalf in Ukraine.

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