John Bolton’s first interview about his blockbuster book will be a primetime sit-down with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz that will air Sunday night.
Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, is poised to release ‘The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir’ next Tuesday, which will paint a picture of ‘chaos’ and a president focused exclusively on his own re-election, according to the book’s publisher.
ABC News also reported Monday that the Trump administration is expected to file a lawsuit to keep Bolton’s book, in its current form, off of store shelves.
John Bolton (left), President Trump’s former national security adviser, sat down for his first interview about his blockbuster book with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz (right). The interview will be a primetime Sunday night special
Meanwhile, President Trump’s (pictured) administration plans to file an injunction in federal court in order to prevent Bolton’s book from being released. It’s due to hit bookshelves on June 23
The Trump administration could file an injunction as early as Monday in federal court to prevent Bolton’s book release, ABC News said.
The release of Bolton’s book was already delayed due to the standard back-and-forth with the National Security Council over whether it contained classified information.
But in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Bolton’s lawyer Chuck Cooper said the process was anything but standard.
‘What followed was perhaps the most extensive and intensive prepublication review in NSC history,’ Cooper said.
In a printed press release given to reporters last week, Bolton’s publisher said he had worked to address NSC’s concerns and the ‘final published version of this book reflects those changes.’
Bolton, according to Cooper, did make a number of changes, but before he received his final letter confirming the book was cleared, John A. Eisenberg, the president’s deputy counsel for national secuirty, reached out to Bolton and said the manuscript contained classified information and publishing the book would violate Bolton’s non-disclosure agreement.
‘This last-minute allegation came after an intensive four-month review, after weeks of silence from the White House, and – as Mr. Eisenberg admits in the letter – after press reports alerted the White House that Mr. Bolton’s book would be published on June 23,’ Cooper argued.
‘This is a transparent attempt to use national security as a pretext to censor Mr. Bolton, in violation of his constitutional right to speak on matters of the utmost public importl,’ Cooper wrote. ‘This attempt will not succeed, and Mr. Bolton’s book will be published June 23.’
Last week some details about the book were released by publisher Simon & Schuster.
It will accuse the president of ‘misconduct’ beyond the Ukraine scheme, which led to Trump’s impeachment in the House of Representatives in December.
ABC News’ Martha Raddatz (left) will speak to John Bolton (right) for the first time about President Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky – the call that got Trump impeached by the House of Representatives in December
Bolton describes additional ‘Ukraine-like “transgressions”‘ in a ‘full-range of his foreign policy, the rlease for the book said.
The former national security adviser will also make the point that Trump’s only aim is to win a second term.
Bolton described Trump as a person ‘for whom getting re-elected was the only thing that mattered.’
In promotional material about Bolton’s forthcoming interview with Raddatz, ABC News said Bolton would discuss – for the first time – Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which led to the president’s impeachment.
He’ll also tell American audiences why he didn’t testify during last year’s impeachment hearings.
Democrats were frustrated that Bolton, who was poised to publish a tell-all, wouldn’t testify publicly about Trump’s behavior surrounding the Zelensky call.
Trump was accused of holding up military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure Zelensky to announce an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden.
Joe Biden, the former vice president, is now the presumptive Democratic nominee.