Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr slammed former Trump national security adviser John Bolton on Monday over the book Bolton intends to publish next week about his time in the White House.
On June 7, "without Defendant giving any prior notice to the NSC, press reports revealed that Defendant and his publisher had resolved to release the book on June 23, without completing the pre-publication review process", the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit, filed by the Justice Department's Civil Division, says Bolton began the review process as required but lost patience as the process dragged on month after month.
The White House has long contended that a manuscript of Bolton's memoir contained classified information, but that the way the material was woven into the narrative would make a traditional "scrub" impossible.
The exchange between Trump and Xi described by Bolton is just one of several interactions involving the President that the former national security adviser claims were troubling, according to the excerpt.
"Very simple. This is highly classified information", Trump said.
However, former White House official Fiona Hill told House impeachment investigators in October that Bolton was so disturbed by the efforts to get the Ukrainians to investigate Trump's political rival that he called it a "drug deal". Bolton also gave an interview to ABC's Martha Raddatz, which is set for airing Sunday (June 21), ahead of the release of "The Room Where It Happened" on Tuesday (June 23).
According to the filing, a career official determined no classified material remained in April, but national security adviser Robert O'Brien initiated a secondary review that deemed additional information to be classified.
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Bolton, according to a statement from the publisher, argues that House Democrats committed "malpractice" with their impeachment because what Bolton calls Trump's improper conduct went so far beyond the Ukraine affair.
Additionally, Bolton published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal Wednesday titled, "The Scandal of Trump's China Policy", which paints his former boss as a US President who is overly susceptible to flattery and an administration that "struggled to avoid being sucked into the black hole of U.S". The younger Biden had been paid by a gas company in Ukraine to serve as a board member.
Now he has a no-holes-barred book due out next week - although the US Justice Department is trying to block publication.
"In the months leading up to the publication of 'The Room Where It Happened, ' Bolton worked in cooperation with the National Security Council to incorporate changes to the text that addressed NSC concerns, " she said in a prepared statement.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on Wednesday that Bolton's account proves that Democrats had done the right thing by pursuing impeachment.
"It is hard to conceive of speech that is closer to the core of the First Amendment than speech concerning presidential actions in office, including actions at the heart of the President's impeachment", Mr Bolton said Thursday (June 18) in a filing in Washington federal court.
A foreign policy hawk, Bolton was ousted over disagreements with Trump on a range of issues.
Bolton and his publisher say that the claims are mere pretext to prevent the book from being released. Since then the two have become openly hostile and Bolton's book has been touted as a tell-all from the Oval Office.