By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, John Bolton pictured with Rep. Francis Rooney in 2017. Image created by Office of Rep. Francis Rooney, Public Domain.
Trump sues John Bolton over his new impeachment book. The book is entitled “The Room Where It Happened” and will be published through Simon and Schuster. Citing the book’s blurb, John Bolton describes the 453 days he spent in the room with President Trump watching the alleged offenses made by the president. These alleged offenses are what preceded the decision to impeach President Trump in the House of Representatives in early 2020.
The book’s release continues the saga of tensions between the U.S. President and his former national security advisor. The book has sparked intense backlash from both President Trump and the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Guliani, as reported by Fox News.
President Trump has since taken to his Twitter to issue a battery of criticism for Bolton and his book.
“Wacko John Bolton’s “exceedingly tedious”(New York Times) book is made up of lies & fake stories. Said all good about me, in print, until the day I fired him. A disgruntled boring fool who only wanted to go to war. Never had a clue, was ostracized & happily dumped. What a dope!,” said Trump, in a tweet that was posted at 11:10pm on June 17.
Mr. Trump also retweeted criticism made by Dinesh D’Souza, a political commentator, regarding Bolton’s competency.
“Some of Bolton’s unhinged pique can be explained by his thin-skinned reaction to being zinged by a master. I recall Trump’s offhand comment that had he listened to Bolton the United States would be in, like, World War VI,” said D’Souza, in a tweet that was posted at 9:03pm on June 17.
Mr. Trump retweeted this tweet along with a caption regarding Bolton’s former work history.
“President Bush fired him also. Bolton is incompetent!,” said Trump in a tweet/retweet that posted at 11:13pm on June 17.
Despite the harsh backlash, Bolton has defended his right to publish the scathing exposition New York Times author book. Bolton has enlisted the advocacy of the American Civil Liberties Union.
“50 years ago, SCOTUS rejected the Nixon administration’s attempt to block the publication of the Pentagon Papers, establishing that government censorship is unconstitutional.
Bolton’s right to release the book, despite White House injunction suites, has been defended as well by PEN America. PEN America released an official statement in defense of Bolton’s right to review his time in the administration.
“Again, the White House claims John Bolton’s book includes ‘classified information.’ Again the White House is abusing pre-publication review in a way that threatens free expression…” said PEN America in a tweet that was posted at 3:36pm on June 11.
Any Trump administration efforts to stop John Bolton’s book from being published are doomed to fail,” tweeted the ACLU at 6:19pm on June 15.
Fox News made note that John Bolton has joined a series of former Trump campaign cabinet members who have been wholeheartedly denounced by the president and associates. Some of these personnel publicly defected from their former support of Trump, calling him out as a perceived detriment to the United States.