Charlotte, NC – On Saturday, a federal judge has denied the Trump administrations request to block John Bolton’s upcoming book release. In his comments, Judge Royce Lamberth said that blocking the release of the book would be impossible to enforce. Lamberth was critical of the move by Bolton to release the book in further comments.
Lamberth wrote, “While Bolton’s unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns, the government has not established that an injunction is an appropriate remedy.” The ruling came after a 2 hour hearing on Friday, and the move does not go against what was expected.
According to the Fox News story, Lamberth said that Bolton’s move to publish the book was a gamble with national security. Fox quotes Lamberth as saying, ““Defendant Bolton has gambled with the national security of the United States. He has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability…but these facts do not control the motion before the Court. The government has failed to establish that an injunction will prevent irreparable harm.”
Copies of the book were already in distribution to warehouses across the country. Multiple copies were made available to media outlets. Many outlets were already running stories about the book releasing several vital details.
The NSC has reviewed and ruled that the book does contain classified materials. The Justice Department has signaled that Bolton could face charges for the release of the book and that the federal government could obtain all the money earned off the book due to the release.
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