DOJ Drops Lawsuit Against John Bolton

( )- John Bolton, the former National Security Adviser under President Donald Trump, will no longer face a federal civil lawsuit or a criminal investigation.

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced it was dropping the suit, which was brought by the department under Trump. The lawsuit was first filed over Bolton’s book “The Room Where It Happened,” which was published in 2020.

In addition to the civil lawsuit, representatives for Bolton said the DOJ would be dropped its criminal probe into him.

In June 2020, the DOJ under Trump sued Bolton over his book. They alleged that it contained information that was classified. In addition, they alleged Bolton didn’t complete a review of the book prior to it being published.

The current DOJ regime under President Joe Biden is taking a completely different stance, deciding not to pursue Bolton on a criminal or civil basis.

Following the announcement, Charles Cooper, the lead attorney for Bolton, released a statement that said:

“We are very pleased that the Department of Justice has dismissed with prejudice its civil lawsuit against Ambassador Bolton and has terminated grand jury proceedings. We argued from the outset that neither action was justifiable, because they were initiated only as a result of President Trump’s politically motivated order to prevent publication of the Ambassador’s book before the 2020 election.”

For about a year and a half from 2018 to 2019, Bolton was Trump’s national security adviser. Following his ouster from the position, Bolton wrote a book that detailed his experiences with Trump in the White House.

One section alleged Trump “pleaded” with Xi Jinping the president of China, to aid him with his campaign for re-election. It also alleged other misdoings by Trump while he was in the White House.

When it found out Bolton was writing the book, the Trump administration tried to stop it from being published. Somehow, a federal judge admitted that Bolton “likely published classified materials” but allowed it to be published anyway.

Cooper, though, contends the book was only published after “Ellen Knight, the National Security Council’s senior career official in charge of the NSC’s pre-publication review process, personally conducted a painstaking four-month pre-publication review of Ambassador Bolton’s book and, after requiring a number of revisions, concluded that it contained no classified information.”

The Trump administration pushed forward with seeking civil and potentially even criminal penalties for the book being published.

As he has done in many instances, though, Biden is seeking to undo just about anything the Trump administration tried to accomplish — even, as in this instance, a federal judge agreed that Bolton could have possibly broke the law.

With this decision, Bolton will now face no consequences for his actions. Sarah Tinsley, a spokeswoman for Bolton, released a statement Wednesday that celebrated the decision:

“These actions represent a complete vindication for Ambassador Bolton, and a repudiation of former President Trump’s attempt, under the pretext of protecting classified information, first to suppress the book’s publication and when that failed in court, to penalize the Ambassador.”