Judge Hands Bolton Loss in Battle With Trump Administration

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A federal judge has rejected John Bolton’s request to throw out a lawsuit from the Trump administration. The lawsuit alleges that the former national security adviser published classified information in his memoir, “The Room Where It Happened” directly violating nondisclosure agreements Bolton signed with the White House.

The tell-all book details Bolton’s time as national security adviser to the President and contains detailed descriptions of conversations between foreign leaders that the Department of Justice believes could be politically damaging to the United States. Despite the fact, Bolton was instructed by Ellen Knight, a former National Security Council official to wait to publish the book until he received an official letter giving the go-ahead Bolton proceeded to release the book to the public.

According to reports from The Hill:

“District Court Judge Royce Lamberth said in a 27-page opinion that the lawsuit will move forward because the administration had sufficiently established a likelihood that Bolton had violated the contracts by bypassing a required prepublication approval for the book.

The government has the power to prevent harm to the national security,” wrote Lamberth, who was appointed to the federal court in D.C. by former President Reagan. “While the government may not prevent Bolton from publishing unclassified materials, it may require him to undergo a reasonable prepublication review process.”

The Department of Justice filed its civil suit in June, shortly before the book was set to go on sale. Lamberth rejected the administration’s effort to obtain a restraining order against the publication, saying that it was too late and that the book was already widely available.

“In taking it upon himself to publish his book without securing final approval from national intelligence authorities, Bolton may indeed have caused the country irreparable harm,” Lamberth wrote in a June decision.

The ruling comes as a major blow to Bolton as the judge rejected every reason Bolton offered for dismissing the suit. The Justice Department also launched a separate criminal investigation into Bolton’s underhanded actions however they were not the subject of Thursday’s ruling. So far, there has been no direct indication that Bolton will attempt to appeal the Court’s decision.



  1. So Trump Wins the election despite Bolton’s hate mongering book and Bolton is bankrupted and goes to prison. Bolton’s next Book title. “What just happened?” or “Trimp made me do it”!

  2. I hope Bolton gets what he deserves, he was so full of himself, stabbed the President, his boss, then wrote a book criticizing his boss. The man is a traitor to the US, his job, and the President.

    1. Issue with him and many others in highly secure positions is national security, way beyond simply dissing the boss. In addition, what about criminal prosecution?

      1. The Dems never write critical books about their bosses until they are out of office and there is plenty of dirt to publish! Biden needs to be turned inside out and so does Harris! We’ve heard plenty of gossip….

  3. Though I’m not the hater of John Bolton that many people are, I do believe that he should be punished for using classified information in his book. That is unacceptable. Certainly everyone is entitled to their opinions but keep the narrative honest and within the bounds of others’ rights to privacy and confidentiality.

  4. This did not sit well with us from the beginning! Bolton is just another never-Trumper who got his nose out of joint!!

  5. One traitor, after another, that just couldn’t cut the muster, cries and whines what he couldn’t do, and how terrible our president was, bolton go fk yourself, u incompetent, hacking, liar.

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