DOJ Opens Criminal Investigation Into John Bolton’s Book

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The Justice Department is investigating whether former national security adviser John Bolton illegally disclosed classified information in his book about his tenure in the White House, according to reports.

Federal prosecutors issued grand jury subpoenas to Bolton’s publisher and his book agent, according to The Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

According to The Journal, federal prosecutors subpoenaed Simon & Schuster and Javelin for all communications with Bolton.

Bolton, who left the White House in September 2019, is highly critical of Trump in the book, “The Room Where It Happened.” He accuses Trump of using the office of the presidency for political gain. He also criticizes Trump for being too deferential to foreign dictators, including Chinese President Xi Jinping.