Bolton hypes book, hopes it’s not ‘suppressed’: Trump ‘tweets, but I can’t talk about it — how fair is that?’

Former national security adviser John Bolton spoke out for the first time since President Trump’s impeachment trial ended but appeared to not offer up any new information.

Bolton referred to his upcoming tell-all book several times at an event at Duke University on Monday, saying at one point he hoped it would not be “suppressed,” but ultimately failed to divulge anything of substance, according to reporters.

(Source: MSNBC)

Coming under fire for his reticent responses to questions about his time in the Trump administration, and making frequent comments about his yet-unpublished book, Bolton aired his complaints about the White House review process that he saw as “censorship.”

“I say things in the manuscript about what [Trump] said to me; I hope they become public someday,” Bolton said in the interview at Duke University which was reportedly not allowed to be recorded with audio. “He tweets, but I can’t talk about it — how fair is that?”

The White House National Security Council reportedly informed Bolton’s attorney, Charles Cooper, that his manuscript could not yet be published as it contained “significant amounts of classified information.”

“Under federal law and the nondisclosure agreements your client signed as a condition for gaining access to classified information, the manuscript may not be published or otherwise disclosed without the deletion of this classified information,” a letter to Cooper said.

(Source: CNN)

Bolton shared Monday that it was not his “intention to reveal any classified information, but to tell people what actually went on so that they can judge for themselves whether it’s appropriate.”

“I really hope it is not suppressed,” he added about his book.

The former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations cited “the prepublication review process and the threat of possible legal action by the executive branch” as reasons why he would not just share what he knows, though he was not subpoenaed to testify in the Senate impeachment trial of the president.

CNN’s Vivian Salama reported that Bolton spoke on foreign policy issues in general.

Bolton was critical of Trump’s dealings with North Korea.

He was asked about the Helsinki summit and sparked groans from the audience when he pushed his book again.

When asked about the controversy surrounding Ukraine, Bolton would only refer to “sprinkles” on an ice cream sundae.

He further eluded revealing much when asked if he agreed with Trump’s assessment that his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy last year was “perfect,” saying ‘you’ll love Chapter 14.”

CNN’s Anderson Cooper slammed Bolton for “continuing to tease, not tell” anything about his time in the Trump administration.

(Source: CNN)

“He actually teased Chapter 14 of his book today but didn’t actually say anything of substance,” Cooper noted.

Many reporters and liberals hoping to get more dirt on Trump agreed that the anticipation to hear from Bolton was only met with disappointment.


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