Posted on 09/24/2020 at 12:56 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A former National Security Council official has harsh criticism for the government’s review process of John Bolton’s memoir.

Ellen Knight described her experiences in a letter to Bolton’s legal team, which shared it publicly Wednesday, reports CNN.

Among the claims: that she was pressured to sign a statement that would help the Trump administration’s lawsuit against the former national security adviser and was told, six days after her refusal, that her job would end in a few months.

Bolton’s tell-all, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir, never received official security clearance to be released, a process that Knight says was mishandled and politicized.

The Justice Department unsuccessfully sued to stop the book’s release, but Bolton isn’t out of the woods yet — he, his publisher, and his agency are fighting off a Trump administration lawsuit that would recoup proceeds from the book.

The Bolton legal team is trying to use Knight's letter as defense in that suit; the Hill reports that in a Thursday hearing, Judge Royce Lamberth did not appear much moved by the letter.

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Categories: Today in Books

Tagged As: Lawsuit, Memoir, Politics

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