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Tue Sep 15, 2020, 11:51 AM

Breaking: Justice Dept. Opens Criminal Inquiry Into John Bolton's Book (NYT)

New York Times
By Katie Benner
Sept. 15, 2020
Updated 11:39 a.m. ET

Investigators are examining whether the former national security adviser illegally disclosed classified information.

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into whether President Trump’s former national security adviser John R. Bolton unlawfully disclosed classified information when he published a memoir this summer, a case that the department opened after it failed to stop the book’s publication this summer, according to three people familiar with the matter.

The department has convened a grand jury, which issued a subpoena for communications records from Simon & Schuster, the publisher of Mr. Bolton’s memoir, “The Room Where It Happened.” In the book, Mr. Bolton delivered a highly unflattering account of his 17 months working in the Trump administration.

The investigation is a significant escalation in the fraught publication of the book. The Trump administration had sought to stop its publication, accusing Mr. Bolton in a lawsuit of moving forward with publication without receiving final notice that a prepublication review to scrub out classified information was complete. The director of national intelligence referred the matter to the Justice Department last month, two of the people said. John Demers, the head of the department’s national security division, then opened the criminal investigation, according to a person briefed on the case..

Mr. Bolton has denied that he published classified information. Representatives for the Justice Department, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Security Council declined to comment.



Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/15/us/politics/john-bolton-book-criminal-investigation.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 11:53 AM

1. fuck you bill barr

Bolton is now considered the enemy...this is what dictators do, sic their departments of 'justice' to go after political enemies.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 11:53 AM

2. Go ahead... eat your own

Soon there won't be any GOP left.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 11:53 AM

3. banana republicans gonna banana

Bill Barr has no respect for his office.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 11:55 AM

4. Well, that's rich

The swamp creatures investigating swamp creatures.

Nothing will come of it when Joe wins if this is purely political. There wouldn't be time for an indictment and trial before January 20, 2021.

On the other hand, it is John Bolton. So, to paraphrase our First Nude, "I really don't care, do u?"

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 11:56 AM

5. Eating their own...

No sympathy here except for the American taxpayer who, as usual, will be paying the humongous cost of the faux inquiry.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 11:58 AM

6. are they purposely trying to boost sales?

...cause that's all this will do is make more people look.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:00 PM

7. They are normalizing authoritarian tactics

The Justice Department has lost any semblance of an independent agency, and is now merely a Gestapo for Trumpism. Disgraceful.

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Response to greenjar_01 (Reply #7)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:34 PM

18. Nazi Germany here we go all over again. Evil, stupidity and ignorance reign.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:00 PM

8. I thought publication was held up to give some agency (NSA?)

a chance to vet it for those very same classified info issues? Maybe I'm thinking of something else.

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Response to yonder (Reply #8)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:04 PM

10. Yes, three different times

At some point, someone went back and tried to re-classify information that was not classified as sensitive previously.

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Response to ScratchCat (Reply #10)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:07 PM

14. This administration can't even wipe its own ass.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:03 PM

9. He cleared it all with the White House

This is done to scare other people into not writing books.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:04 PM

11. Bolton Might Want to Reconsider Not Voting for Biden

...because I'd just as soon see him rot in jail if Trump is reelected

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:05 PM

12. "Eating Their Own" is an essential milestone in draining the sewage AND locking them up.

Putting that one down as a "win" on my GOoPer Fate Bingo card.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:05 PM

13. Hasn't Trump the very same thing? Exposing state secrets?

Obviously, this is nothing but a vandetta on Trump's political enemies. A warning shot to others who will divulge embarrassing details on Trump's behavior.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:11 PM

15. Here is the important part

In an email, the National Security Council’s top official for pre-publication review said she was satisfied with the edits that Mr. Bolton had made to address her concerns about classified information.

But the White House initiated another review without notifying Mr. Bolton(done by a Trump lackey), and the official involved in that review said in an affidavit that he found multiple instances of classified information in the manuscript as part of that process.

Even though Mr. Bolton did not receive a final approval letter from the White House, he told Simon & Schuster to publish anyway.

He was not required to "receive approval from the White House". It was only the NSA who had to clear it. Donald Trump has no legal authority to clear or not clear the book.

Further, what they appear to be trying to argue is that what he revealed to the publisher that wasn't published was classified and he still broke the law. That's not how it works.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:19 PM

16. You had your chance, Bolton, to do this the right way by testifying. Suck it.

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Response to kysrsoze (Reply #16)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:35 PM

19. Pretty much.

If he'd bothered to testify about all of this, classification would not have been an issue any more. He might have boosted book sales through goodwill rather than lost them over spilling all the details, but he and his publisher were too greedy. This is what his greed has brought down on him. Too bad, so sad.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:22 PM

17. The footsteps you hear are the last of the GW Bush Adm. members walking away from trump

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:57 PM

20. The DOJ is now the DOR (Dept. of Revenge). n/t

KY..........

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