The New York Times reports that the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into the former national security adviser's memoir, called The Room Where It Happened.
Federal prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into the publication of former National Security Adviser John Bolton's book, notching up the pressure on a critic of and former insider in the Trump administration.
The Times noted that Trump has signaled that he wants Bolton prosecuted, including in tweets this summer in which he claimed Bolton "broke the law" and "should be in jail, money seized, for disseminating, for profit, highly Classified information". "He has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability" for possibly disclosing national security secrets.
President Trump has criticized Bolton on Twitter: "He turned out to be grossly incompetent, and a liar. See judge's opinion. CLASSIFIED INFORMATION!"
A federal grand jury issued subpoenas to Simon & Schuster, the publisher of Bolton's book, and his literary agent, Javelin, the Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported.
The subpoenas reportedly ask for all communications the companies had with Bolton as he published his book "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir". Cooper did not return multiple messages from NPR seeking comment Monday evening. If this goes badly for Bolton, he might have to forfeit proceeds from the book on top of whatever penalty he would face for the alleged breach of classified information.
The case comes after Attorney General Bill Barr has already moved to drop charges against Michael Flynn, an ally of the President's, and to lessen the sentencing recommendation of Roger Stone, a longtime associate of President Trump's.