Former national security adviser John Bolton has a book deal, the AP has learned. The hawkish Bolton departed in September because of numerous foreign policy disagreements with President Trump. He reached a deal over the past few weeks with Simon & Schuster, according to three publishing officials with knowledge of negotiations. The officials were not authorized to discuss the deal publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Two of the officials said the deal was worth about $2 million. Bolton was represented by the Javelin literary agency, whose clients include former FBI Director James Comey and the anonymous Trump administration official whose book, A Warning, comes out Nov. 19.
The publishing officials did not know the title or release date. Simon & Schuster declined comment Saturday and Javelin did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Bolton's 2007 book, Surrender is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad, was published by the conservative Simon & Schuster imprint Threshold Editions. Appointed in April 2018, Bolton was Trump's third national security adviser and is known for advocating military action abroad, a viewpoint Trump has resisted. Bolton's name has come up often recently during the House impeachment inquiry, which has focused on Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate potential 2020 election rival Joe Biden, the former vice president. (Including in a transcript released Friday.)