The Room Where It Happened

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Federal judge rejects request to block publication of Bolton's memoir
The cover of the book "The Room Where It Happened" by John Bolton, scheduled for release March 17, 2020
The cover of the book "The Room Where It Happened" by John Bolton, scheduled for release March 17, 2020 Credit: Simon & Schuster, via Amazon

U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth has rejected the Trump administration's request to delay the publication of Bolton's memoir "The Room Where It Happened". Judge Lamberth stated that the government had "failed to establish that an injunction will prevent irreparable harm," therefore he denied the motion and added that "with hundreds of thousands of copies around the globe — many in newsrooms — the damage is done".

Bolton was heavily criticised by Lamberth, who accused him of gambling with "national security of the United States" and further exposing the US to "harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability".

Shortly after the verdict, Trump took to Twitter where he wrote: "I finally agree with failed political consultant Steve Schmidt, who called Wacko John Bolton 'a despicable man who failed in his duty to protect America.'"

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John Bolton claims Trump called journalists "scumbags" who "should be executed"
Cover of "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir"
Cover of "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir" Credit: Simon & Schuster, via Amazon

In "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir", John Bolton details his time as national security advisor and claims Trump said journalists, who he called "scumbags", should be jailed to force them to expose their sources and that they "should be executed".

The Trump administration has submitted an application to a district court on Wednesday to get an injunction and an emergency restraining order to stop the book from being published.