A battle of the “formers” is being waged over a tell-all Trump book that reportedly divulged “highly sensitive material.”
Former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a tell-all book of his own, stated former Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton should be behind bars for writing about the former president’s private conversations and for “spilling classified information” — a claim Bolton called “beyond reckless” in a Monday interview with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.
In his memoir, “Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love,” Pompeo describes Bolton as a “scumbag loser” who should be in jail.
The book was previewed by The Guardian, which noted:
Pompeo describes Trump calling John Bolton, his third national security adviser, a “scumbag loser”. After being fired, Bolton produced a memoir of his own, The Room Where It Happened. Trump sought to prevent publication but the book was a bestseller, relaying the president’s private conversations and what Pompeo considers highly sensitive material.
Bolton has now floated a White House run of his own, to try to block Trump. Pompeo fires salvoes Bolton’s way, at one point comparing him to Edward Snowden, who leaked surveillance secrets to the media in 2013, but saying the National Security Agency contractor “at least had the decency not to lie about his motive”.
Bolton, Pompeo writes, should “be in jail, for spilling classified information”. Pompeo also says he hopes one day to testify at Bolton’s trial on criminal charges.
On CNN, Bolton objected to Pompeo’s assertion that he released classified information.
“What he knows, in fact — or should know — is that my book went through a four-month-long pre-publication review process precisely to make sure there was no classified information in the book,” Bolton said. “It was arduous at times I can tell you. The National Security Council senior director responsible for that review cleared the book.”
He then claimed that Trump made some drastic moves to keep his book, “The Room Where It Happened,” from being published.
“And inside the White House, because Donald Trump didn’t want the book published before the election, he fired the senior director, a career employee of the National Archives, from her job and tried to get another review going,” Bolton stated.
“The book was cleared, and I think if there’s an investigative reporter that has spare time, they ought to look at who in the White House and elsewhere in the administration — in the counsel’s office, the top political levels at the Justice Department — followed Trump’s orders to try to suppress the book,” he said. “I’m not talking about the line attorneys at the Department of Justice, but Trump’s top advisers who were content to try and suppress it.”
“This is entirely consistent with Trump’s behavior, trying to suppress other books,” Bolton asserted. “That’s what happened here.”
As for Pompeo, Bolton again insisted that he “knows or should have known” that his book was reviewed and cleared.
“If he didn’t know about it,” Bolton argued, “it’s incompetence in writing the book for not checking out the facts before he put it down on paper.”
“And if he did know about it,” he added, “that’s malicious and well beyond reckless to say things like that.”
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