Trump Attacks Former National Security Adviser Bolton, Says 'Should Be in Jail'

Bolton’s memoir officially comes out Tuesday after surviving a security review and a legal challenge from the Justice Department

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Former National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks during a public discussion at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, February 17, 2020.
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks during a public discussion at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, February 17, 2020.Credit: AFP

U.S. President Donald Trump claimed on Tuesday his former national security adviser John Bolton "should be in jail" - the same day his highly anticipated memoir is released.

Trump wrote on Twitter: "Washed up Creepster John Bolton is a lowlife who should be in jail, money seized, for disseminating, for profit, highly Classified information. Remember what they did to the young submarine sailor, but did nothing to Crooked Hillary. I ended up pardoning him - It wasn’t fair!"

Bolton’s memoir officially comes out Tuesday after surviving a security review and a legal challenge from the Justice Department. But over the weekend, it was available in ways even his publisher is hoping to prevent.

A PDF of “The Room Where It Happened” has turned up on the internet, offering a free, pirated edition of the former national security adviser’s scathing takedown of President Donald Trump, who has alleged that the book contains classified material that never should have been released.

“We are working assiduously to take down these clearly illegal instances of copyright infringement,” Simon & Schuster spokesperson Adam Rothberg said Sunday.

Piracy has long been a top concern among publishers, especially in the digital age, although the actual impact on sales is undetermined. “The Room Where It Happened” has been No. 1 for days on the Amazon.com bestseller list. The Associated Press was among several news outlets that obtained early copies of the book and reported on its contents.

On Saturday, a federal judge ruled that Simon & Schuster could publish the book despite the Trump administration’s contention that it compromised national security. “The Room Where It Happened” was originally scheduled for March, but was delayed twice as the White House reviewed the manuscript.

Bolton’s legal team has said that he spent months addressing White House concerns about classified information and that Bolton had been assured in late April by the official he was working with that the manuscript no longer contained any such material.

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