The White House told former national security adviser John Bolton that his tell-all book contains "significant amounts of classified information," including some which is "TOP SECRET" and could harm national security.
"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agreements your client signed, as a condition for gaining access to classified information, the manuscript may not be published or otherwise disclosed without the deletion of this classified information," the letter continues.
Notably, the letter, sent from the National Security Counsel to Bolton's attorneys, was sent three days before the manuscript mysteriously leaked to the New York Times on the eve of the Senate impeachment proceedings - sparking a debate over calling Bolton as a witness in the trial.
A fact checker for the Washington Post has already suggested the NSC is lying.
Washington Post fact-checker insinuates, without any evidence whatsoever, that the top National Security Council lawyer tasked with vetting records is lying about the presence of classified top secret information in Bolton's book. Incredible. https://t.co/CDRLfNoP0j— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 29, 2020
As we noted on Tuesday, the identical twin brother of Democratic impeachment witness Alexander Vindman, Yevgeny Vindman, is reportedly in charge of reviewing all publications by current and former officials at the National Security Council (NSC), according to Breitbart News - which would ostensibly include Bolton's manuscript.
Meanwhile, House Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff insisted on Wednesday that Trump's impeachment trial won't be fair unless Bolton testifies.
Where have we seen this before?