The suit acknowledges that Bolton did submit his manuscript to the National Security Council for a pre-publication review but said that Bolton "apparently became dissatisfied at the pace of NSC's review" and chose to "take matters into his own hands", instead of waiting until after the pre-publication review was finished, by announcing a June 23 publication date with his publisher. Bolton will also allegedly detail the phone calls Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and will explain why he didn't testify at the president's impeachment trial.
The Department of Justice alleged in its suit that publication of the book risks "compromising national security".
The DOJ requested that the federal court order the former national security adviser to "instruct or request" Simon and Schuster to delay publication to allow the memoir to undergo a national security review process, and "make the necessary deletions of classified information".
The publisher, Simon and Schuster, said the lawsuit is an attempt by the Trump administration to stop "publication of a book it deems unflattering to the President".
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He was joined by Attorney General William Barr, who told reporters, "We don't believe Bolton has gone through the process" required to clear books by government officials on topics of national security.
The book provides an insider account of Trump's "inconsistent, scattershot decision-making process", the publisher has said.
"A half-century ago, the Supreme Court rejected a similar attempt by the Nixon administration to block the publication of the Pentagon Papers, and since then, it has been firmly established that prior restraints on publication are unconstitutional and un-American", said Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.
Bolton initially submitted the transcript as required to Ellen Knight, the National Security Council's senior director, for prepublication review of materials written by NSC personnel, on December 30, according to Cooper.
Bolton is the only named defendant; his publisher is not named.