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Federal Prosecutors Mull Whether to Charge Bolton

Plus more revelations from Bolton's upcoming book
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2020 2:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump warned John Bolton might have a "criminal problem" on his hands were he to go ahead with releasing his White House memoir. Now, federal prosecutors are considering making good on that threat, the Los Angeles Times reports. Specifically, they're mulling whether to charge the former national security adviser with disclosing classified information, and William Barr himself is involved in the discussions. The Room Where It Happened won't be released until Tuesday, but excerpts have started emerging. And after Trump sued Tuesday to block the book's release, the Justice Department late Wednesday ramped up that legal fight by filing court documents seeking a temporary restraining order from a federal judge; it is seeking a Friday hearing on the matter. The Times notes it's not clear how much the legal fight matters at this point, given that journalists already have copies of the book and are releasing tidbits. Speaking of which:

  • Concentration camps: Bolton claims that when Chinese President Xi Jinping told Trump China was building concentration camps to be used for detaining Uighur Muslims, Trump was all for the plan, telling Xi he thought it "was exactly the right thing to do," CNN reports. (Bolton also claims Trump asked Xi to help him get re-elected; more on that here.)

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