John Bolton on New Book: 'You'll Love Chapter 14'

Former national security adviser says he's worried about book being 'suppressed' by White House
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2020 2:38 AM CST
Bolton Hopes White House Won't 'Suppress' His Book
Former national security adviser John Bolton leaves his home in Bethesda, Md. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.   (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

John Bolton said he was willing to testify about President Trump's dealings with Ukraine during the Senate impeachment trial—but Republican senators decided not to call witnesses. The former national security adviser says he now hopes the White House won't censor the account he gives in forthcoming memoir The Room Where It Happened, reports Reuters. "I hope it’s not suppressed," Bolton told an audience at Duke University in North Carolina on Monday. "This is an effort to write history, and I did it the best I can. We’ll have to see what comes out of the censorship." He said it is unfair that the president is allowed to tweet, "but I can't talk about it."

After the book was submitted to the White House for pre-publication review in January, Bolton was told officials had "serious concerns" about classified information it contained, the Washington Post reports. In excerpts from the book leaked during the impeachment trial, Bolton said Trump told him he wanted to freeze military aid to the Ukraine pending an investigation of the Bidens. Asked Monday whether Trump's July phone call with Ukraine's president was indeed "perfect," Bolton said: "You’ll love Chapter 14." Asked about Trump's 2018 meeting with Vladimir Putin, he said: "I could read a chapter from my book and give you an answer." It's not clear whether the memoir will be released as scheduled on March 17. (Read more John Bolton stories.)

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