Posted on September 15, 2020 at 2:16 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

NPR is reporting that a grand jury has issued subpoenas in connection with former national security adviser John Bolton’s memoir.

The Justice Department had unsuccessfully tried to block the release of the tell-all The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir this summer.

Today, a source confirmed to NPR that Simon & Schuster, Bolton's publisher, and Javelin, his literary agency, both received criminal subpoenas in connection with the book.

Back in June, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth included a warning to the author in allowing him to continue with his book.

“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,” Lamberth wrote. “But these facts do not control the motion before the Court.” 

Bolton found himself under fire from all points on the political spectrum for his book, with Donald Trump's allies rejecting the unflattering view of the president that it paints and with Trump's opponents questioning why Bolton saved these explosive revelations for a book rather than impeachment hearings.

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