Court Sets June 19 Hearing on Restraining Order for Boltons Book

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on the Trump administrations request for a temporary restraining order against the publication of a book by former national security adviser John Bolton.

Judge Royce Lamberth scheduled the hearing for the early afternoon of June 19, less than a week before Boltons book is scheduled to hit store shelves on June 23.

The government filed an emergency motion (pdf) on June 17 seeking to delay the release of the book because it contains classified information. The 500-page volume contains government secrets classified at the highest level, including information that Bolton personally classified during his 17 months at the White House, according to the governments complaint.

The book had already been printed, bound, and sent to stores as of early June. Copies have already been distributed to media outlets, according to reports.

Bolton signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster reportedly worth $2 million in early November 2019, two months after President Donald Trump fired him. Bolton and the National Security Council were going through a monthslong classification review process until June 7, when the White House learned through media reports that Bolton was going to make the book available to the public on June 23, with or without White House approval.

The White House filed a lawsuit (pdf) on June 16 alleging that the book contains “significant quantities of classified information” and asking the judge to order Bolton to abide by his government contract and complete the classification review.

The subsequent motion for a restraining order includes declarations affirming that the book contains classified information from some of the top U.S. intelligence officials, including Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, Director of the National Security Agency Paul Nakasone, Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center William Evanina, and National Security Councils Senior Director for Intelligence Programs Michael Ellis.

The book, titled “The Room Where It Happened,” includes allegations about Trump that Bolton based on his time at the White House. Trump, the White House, and several top administration officials have vehemently refuted the claims.

“Boltons book, which is getting terrible reviews, is a compilation of lies and made up stories, all intended to make me look bad,” Trump wrote on Twitter on June 18. “Many of the ridiculous statements he attributes to me were never made, pure fiction. Just trying to get even for firing him like the sick puppy he is!”

Bolton didnt issue a public statement in response to the lawsuit or Trumps criticism, instead pointing his followers on Twitter to a pair of statements from liberal nonprofits.

“50 years ago, SCOTUS rejected the Nixon administrations attempt to block the publication of the Pentagon Papers, establishing that government censorship is unconstitutional,” the American Civil Liberties Union wrote on Twitter. “Any Trump administration efforts to stop John Boltons book from being published are doomed to fail.”

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