Beltway media, egged on by CNN’s reporting, worked itself into a frothy lather on Wednesday over an alleged “threat” sent by the White House to former National Security Advisor John Bolton on Wednesday. But it appears that CNN’s characterization of that letter was off the mark.
H/T: Law & Crime
According to Jake Tapper, “The White House has issued a formal threat to former national security adviser John Bolton to keep him from publishing his book, ‘The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,’ sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.”
Read the full letter below and decide for yourself.
White House has issued formal threat to Bolton to keep him from publishing bookhttps://t.co/wQURjWChjz— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 29, 2020
Only "threat" is to remind him of obligation that he has to wait until final approval is received for determination that no classified info was identified. Failure to wait for approval could subject #Bolton to potential criminal and/or civil penalties.— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) January 29, 2020
2/ "...and to do so precisely when the public most needs to hear it. As we have said all along, including in court, the pre-publication review system is broken and it has to go."— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 29, 2020
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