Federal judge blocks President Trump’s attempt to stop release of Bolton’s book

FILE – In this May 1, 2008 file photo, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth is seen during a ceremony at the federal courthouse in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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UPDATED 11:10 AM PT — Saturday, June 20, 2020

A federal district judge has denied the Trump administration’s request to block the publication of John Bolton’s upcoming book. Judge Royce Lamberth made the decision on Saturday, which will allow the former national security adviser to go ahead with publishing his tell-all memoir.

“While Bolton’s unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns, the government has not established that an injunction is an appropriate remedy,” stated Lamberth.

This came after the Department of Justice tried to block its release, claiming the book contained classified information that could compromise national security.

Its release date is slated for June 23rd.

A copy of “The Room Where It Happened,” by former national security adviser John Bolton, is photographed at the White House, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Meanwhile, President Trump has touted the recent court decision on Bolton’s book as a “big win.” On Twitter, the president agreed with the federal judge’s ruling, which stated it would be impossible to stop the book from its release.

He pointed out the book has “already been given out and leaked to many people,” including the media. Despite its inevitable release, President Trump emphasized “strong and powerful statements were made” to rebuke Bolton for violating the law on releasing classified information.

The president went on to say the former national security adviser will soon pay the price.

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