Posted on January 30, 2020 at 7:31 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The White House is seeking to remove some passages from John Bolton's upcoming memoir, according to the former national security adviser’s lawyer.

Charles Cooper said the letter, received before the New York Times reported on leaks from it, said The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir “appears to contain significant amounts of classified information” and shouldn’t be published unless it removes that text.

NBC News also reported that Cooper’s response, dated January 24 and released yesterday, was that Bolton would likely discuss some material from his chapter on Ukraine in testimony and that while he doesn’t believe any of the material is classified, the White House should review it ASAP.

The NY Times first reported over the weekend, and the Associated Press has also confirmed, that the book describes an August conversation in which (according to Bolton) the president told him he wanted to withhold aid from Ukraine until it helped him investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Each side has blamed the other for the timing of the leak.

The Room Where It Happened is currently available for preorders and, barring new developments, will be released March 17.

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